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AFSCME Local 189 Membership Monday Update:

Mondays at 6:30 pm

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On April 17th, 2020 Local 189 filed a grievance for the violation of Article 9.12 for Essential Employees

AFSCME Local 189 and its membership, has endorsed Julia DeGraw for Portland City Council Position 2.  Local 189 is encouraging our members,  their spouses, family members, and friends to provide a

During the March 10th, 2020 General Membership Meeting , the Executive Board and Members had the opportunity to meet with most of the Candidates for the four  positions on Portland's City Council.  After meeting with the Candidates, members at the meeting decided on which positions Local 189 would endorse.

Below is the list of Endorsements for Portland City Council:

Veteran of the Month for January 2020

Nicholas Carroll

Nicholas Carroll works in the Noise Office within the Office of Community & Civic Life and serves as the Admin person for the Veterans Empowerment Team with the City of Portland and its Events Subcommittee Leader for the past four years.

Working people won a major bipartisan victory this week with the permanent repeal of the “Cadillac tax.” This ill-advised and misleadingly named tax threatened the health care security of millions of working people—pushing employers to hollow out benefits while driving up deductibles and copays.

Oregon AFL-CIO President Graham Trainor responded to the news:

Our bargaining committee meetings are every other Thursday at 6025 E Burnside after work (5:30 pm start, come when you can). Our wages, hours and working conditions are too important to only rely on a handful of folks - our bargaining committee will drive the whole process.

This body will be:
*drafting language
*prioritizing bargaining issues
*directing the five table delegates
*crafting arguments in defense of changes/additions/subtractions

AFSCME Local 189 has a policy to post changes to policies two weeks ahead of the general membership meeting in which they will be voted on. There are currently no policies awaiting a second reading or vote.

As New York City became the epicenter of the global coronavirus pandemic, emergency medical services (EMS) professionals, including AFSCME member Laura Hartnett, were working 16-hour shifts instead of their normal eight-hour shifts to respond to the flood of emergency calls.

Across the country in California, AFSCME member Blake

During Law Enforcement Week, we honor public safety officers who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. We also recognize the unique role that first responders like AFSCME law enforcement members play during times of crisis.

Roxie Nelson remembers her father, Ed Nelson, as a caring and passionate man who often put the needs of others before his own.

“When I was around him his phone was always busy, and he would take calls from people all the time,” she recalls. “He was always working to help somebody, whether it was at the union or friends or family. He would take care of people whenever they needed help.”