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Join Us Tuesday August 25th, 2020 

The General Membership will begin at 7:00pm

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

In tonight's call we will be updating on the Current Workshare situation and be asking for feedback with Political Endorsements. 

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.

There is good news for AFSCME members looking to pursue higher education. AFSCME Free College has made its bachelor’s degree completion program a permanent benefit.

That means that AFSCME members and their families can earn a bachelor’s degree for free, making an even wider choice of career options a possibility for more people.

Here’s a sure sign of new leadership in Washington. There’s a renewed push to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour, an idea that went nowhere when the Trump administration and anti-worker members of Congress were in power.

The coronavirus pandemic won’t be controlled until states, cities, towns and schools – and particularly health departments – have the funding they need from the federal government, says AFSCME Retiree Sue Conard.

Conard should know. She spent 24 years as a public health nurse serving Wisconsin’s La Crosse County. One of her many areas of expertise? Immunization.