News

June 2020

The City Unions for the City of Portland draft a letter for Safety and Health for all their members and  all of the City of Portland Employees.

On June 10th, 2020 this letter below was sent by several Portland area Union Leaders in support of the need for change, specifically in regard to Racism and the Black Lives Matter Movement.

On June 3rd, 2020  The DCTU (Local 189) ratified Tentative Agreement (with an 87% approval) for the COVID-19 Impacts.

AFSCME Local 189 Membership Monday Updates:

Membership Mondays continue at 6:30 pm

This meeting will have a focus of Critical Bargaining needs and Volunteer Furloughs

please click the link below

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

Under article 9.12 and 9.12.1, essential employees required to report to work when the Mayor announces a citywide closure and directs non-essential employees to stay home will be compensated with one deferred holiday for every full shift they work. Any employee whose deferred holiday bank is full will receive the equivalent time in pay.

We will continue to monitor and post updates with this grievance as we receive it. 

Attached Below is the grievance itself.

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.

LOS ANGELES – In a union election victory 17 years in the making, child care providers across California have voted overwhelmingly to be represented by their union, Child Care Providers United (CCPU). A joint effort of UDW/AFSCME Local 3930 and SEIU Locals 99 and 521, 97% of voters chose to join CCPU.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday joined AFSCME President Lee Saunders and front-line public service workers from states experiencing surges in coronavirus cases to urge the Senate to approve at least $1 trillion in flexible aid to states, cities and towns.

AFSCME joined a virtual gathering of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, a movement that seeks to shift the moral narrative of our country and build power for poor and vulnerable people.