So What About that COLA?

By President / On / In Local 88

So how much is the COLA going to be and when do I get it? The Cost of Living Adjustment is determined by the Consumer Price Index for Portland Area Urban Wage Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (also known as Portland-Salem CPI-W) by comparing the second half of the most recent year to the second half of the previous year.  That number is 2.2%. It is effective (normally) on July 1 of each year.  However, because our contract expires on June 30, 2017, and we are in bargaining with the County, the COLA will be applied retroactively to July 1, 2017 whenever the contract is formally ratified by the membership and the County Board of Commissioners.  Three years ago, the final ratification did not occur until December 4, with the retroactive COLA being applied in the February paycheck.  The COLA amount is technically subject to bargaining.  

Council 75 Committee Volunteer Application

By President / On / In Local 88

Interested in serving on an Oregon AFSCME committee or caucus with members from around the state? The application form is here.  Council 75 President Jeff Klatke reviews the applications and makes committee appointments. Those appointments will then be ratified by a vote of the Executive Board at the July meeting.

The committees are:

  • Building Committee
  • Diversity Committee
  • Good and Welfare
  • Policy Committee
  • Political Action (PAC)
  • Scholarship Committee
  • Training Committee
  • Women’s Committee


The caucuses are:

  • Conservative Caucus
  • Environmental Caucus
  • Next Wave

C75 Women’s Committee LERC Summer School Application Deadline Extended to June 30

By President / On / In Local 88

While Local 88’s spots for the LERC Summer School are full up, the Council 75 Women’s Committee has extended their application deadline to June 30. To apply click here.  Applicants will be notified by July 8.  Please contact the Women’s Committee directly if you have any questions on their process. Kate at or Theresia at are good contacts.