On 8/3 the union membership ratified the contract by a 103 to 5 margin. Last week the CCC board of directors also ratified on their end.
The across the board pay increases and new step increases are retroactive to the beginning of the pay period just before July 1. You should see the retro payment and wage increase in your September 2nd pay check. All other terms of the contract including changes to the holiday pay, shift differentials, etc. are effective on 8/17.
In a previous update on 7/22 it was stated under Article 12, Health and Welfare that “Employer picks up the full cost of health insurance costs for the 2015-16 plan year.” Understandably this led some folks to believe that the employer would pick up the full premium for insurance for the 2015-16 plan year and that members would no longer have to pay a portion of the premium. The statement should have read: “the Employer picks up the full increase in the cost of health insurance for the 2015-16 plan year.”
The terms of the contract just ratified call for the employer to pick up the increase in the insurance renewal (around 9-10%) and employees will not experience an increase to their portion of the premium for the 2015-16 plan year.
Step increase schedule is accelerated to provide advancement up the wage scale more rapidly at years 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, and 14. Employees currently past year 14 will advance under the old schedule of 15, 20, and 25.
Clarified language around out of class pay and wage rates changes after a promotion or transfer.
Market based selective salary increases of $0.65/hour for Medical Records/Hooper Admit Clerks & OTC Front Desk Receptionists.
Holidays and Paid Leave:
Corrected contract language so that less than 1.0 FTE members receive holiday pay for all worked during their scheduled shift on a holiday.
Seniority preference for PTO and Vacation leave scheduling.
Updated contract language with Oregon Sick Leave Law providing more protection for an employee using PTO for a sick leave purpose.
Seniority bidding rights for vacancies expanded: J2’s and Lead CBA’s are in the same class; Crew 1 and Crew 2 are in the same class; Sobering Techs 1, 2 and IER will remain in the same class.
Clarified the process for shift replacement.
Final Warnings are reduced to written warnings after 12 months if there is no disciplinary action during that time period.
Additional information will be coming out shortly concerning the full detail of the settlement and the ratification date, times and locations.
This year’s Holiday Open House will be held Wednesday, December 16th at the Elks Club at 6 N. Tillamook from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. It was very clear at last year’s Open House that we had outgrown the Portland AFSCME office. Door prizes will be drawn every 15 minutes. A barbeque dinner will be catered by our friend Derrick Williams, Vice President and Chief Steward from City of Salem, AFSCME Local 2067. Members and family are welcome. We hope to see you there!
AFSCME Local 88 Statement on Paid Parental Leave Policy 2-57
Effective Nov. 1, 2015, Multnomah County will be implementing a paid parental leave policy of up to 6 weeks following the birth, adoption, or foster care placement of a child. AFSCME Local 88 applauds Chair Kafoury and the Board of Commissioners for championing this policy and extending this benefit to all eligible employees, female and male.
“The national landscape is shifting in the direction of recognizing the importance of increased flexibility and work-life balance for new mothers and fathers,” says Local 88 President Deirdre Mahoney-Clark. “It is of consequence that Chair Kafoury and the Board have taken a leadership role on this important issue in increasing our ability to recruit and retain talented and hard-working public employees for Multnomah County.”
Currently only three states — California, New Jersey and Rhode Island — offer paid family leave. Our neighbors in Washington passed a program in 2007, but it has not been implemented due to lack of funding. According to the Council of Economic Advisers in a report to the White House in June 2014, only 11 percent of private sector workers have access to a formal paid leave policy.
Mahoney-Clark notes that same report found large disparities in access to paid leave across groups, with access to paid leave being particularly low among Hispanics, less educated workers and low wage workers. Taking into account this “benefits gap,” inequality in total compensation between more and less advantaged groups is even greater than inequality in income alone.
A recent survey of Multnomah County employees found that women were taking an average of 6 weeks unpaid following the birth of a new baby. Given that women are becoming increasingly the primary breadwinners for their families, a statewide family leave insurance program is long overdue. Multnomah County’s taking a leadership role in raising the bar on this issue should be seen as a challenge to other public and private entities in this state.
AFSCME — the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees — has advocated at all levels for paid parental leave, including advocating for a federally mandated parental leave program since 2012. AFSCME Local 88 represents over 3,000 Multnomah County employees.
Join in the month-long celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month activities hosted by the Multnomah County Health Department, Bienestar de la Familia, and the county Employees of Color (EOC).
Latin Americans Documentary Brown Bag
The activities will kick off with the showing of 3 films, part of the “Latino American’s,” documentary – Sept 23, 30th, Oct 14 – 12-1 pm. – McCoy Building.
The annual reading of the Proclamation will feature a presentation by county STRYVE program participants, folkloric dancing, and light refreshments. It will take place on October 8th, 10:30 – 12:30 pm – Multnomah building.
A new feature this year, will be an “After-Hours Fiesta,” to be held on Thursday, October 8 (4:30 – 7:30 pm) at Cha Cha Cha Taqueria located at 305 NW 21st Ave.
My Lating American Story
Culminating the month will be presentations by county employees sharing their stories on October 15 – 12-1pm – Lincoln Building.
Keynote Speaker: Sinsi Hernandez-Cancio
And a featured keynote address by Sinsi Hernandez-Cancio, Director of Health Equity at Families where her focus is on expanding and strengthening Families USA’s ability to enhance and elevate health care advocacy and activism in communities of color across the nation- October 16th – 8:30 – 10:30 am – Multnomah Building.
All events are free and open to the public.
Hispanic Heritage Week began in 1968 and the length of it was expanded in 1988 to cover a 30-day period (September 15 -October 15). It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988.
September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. All declared independence in 1821. In addition, Mexico, Chile and Belize celebrate their independence days on September 16, September 18, and September 21, respectively.
Hispanic Heritage Month also celebrates the long and important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans in North America.