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Candidates seeking Local 189’s endorsement of their campaign for City of Portland elected office will have an opportunity to make their case in the coming weeks.  Over the past few days, candidates

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.”

Editor’s note: The following is a story from the front lines of the fight against COVID-19, as told by a member in Washington state:

“My name is Kristina Johnson-Short and I am a social services specialist with the Division of Children, Youth and Families in Washington state. I’m a proud AFSCME member, a shop steward and president of AFSCME Local 1054 (WFSE). I am also a domestic violence survivor.

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. 

It’s become clear that relief bills Congress has approved thus far, including the record $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, won’t be enough to quell the health and economic fallout caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

What other aid should Congress provide? AFSCME has recommendations.

AFSCME members working for the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) are hopping busy these days fulfilling a critical mission. They are helping Louisianans survive as the Bayou State’s economy buckles under pressure from the coronavirus pandemic.

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.

Updating wills before heading into work. Extending the lives of single-use masks. Self-isolating from their own families. These are just some of the shameful realities and conditions health care workers on the front lines of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic are facing each day.

Before the announcement early Wednesday of an unprecedented $2 trillion deal to combat the coronavirus pandemic, AFSCME President Lee Saunders and three front-line workers put pressure on federal lawmakers to come through with a robust aid package for state and local governments so they can rebuild decimated public services.