County delays retention bonus. Call to action – Make your voice heard!

**Updated: This article previously listed an incorrect last name for County Human Resources Officer Travis Brown. We apologize for the error. 

On June 29, Joslyn Baker, President, Maya Noble, Vice President, and Brian Dunnaville, Council Representative, had a grievance meeting with Travis Brown, County Human Resources Officer, and Cessa Diaz from Labor Relations to discuss the grievance. During the meeting we expressed our frustration regarding the lack of progress from the County and demanded they accept responsibility for their refusal. In the meeting they provided us with numerous excuses which ultimately amounted to nothing substantial.

We consistently emphasized the importance of the County paying employees their bonus as soon as possible and also to take responsibility for their mistake by communicating this was solely their error. Based on yesterday’s meeting, we do not believe that the County will fulfill their obligation. 

Labor Relations assured us that they would respond to our concerns by Friday 6/30. However, as of 5 PM on Friday as we were writing this document, we had not received any response. We will persist in urging them to provide a response but more importantly we require your assistance in order to act as a unified Union.


  1.  Call Travis Brown and tell him directly how the County’s failure to honor the Collective Bargaining Agreement and pay County workers their retention bonus on July 1st, as per the language we negotiated in our current contract, is impacting you and your family. You can reach Travis Brown, Multnomah County’s Chief Human Resource Officer, at (503) 988-6134 or via email at
  2. Sign the petition


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