|LOCAL UNION NEWS
(continued from News page)... The Local is again trying to mitigate a case where an employee is believed to have manipulated their time records. Folks, please, falsification of time records is most often a termination offense. Don’t do it; record your time accurately.
The so-called “short” legislative session is long behind us with no adverse impact on PERS. All eyes now turn to the mid-term elections, and the campaigning has largely already begun. A close eye will be kept on campaign rhetoric for those who may advance adverse political agendas.
Brent settled a pending arbitration involving a disciplinary action against an Eagle Point employee. He also handled disciplinary matters in Curry County, Lake District Hospital, and Gold Beach. Brent is attending a ratification vote for Lake Distract Hospital for a 3-year successor agreement that is expected to ratify on this date. He has ratified 3-year successor agreements for the Talent Police and Talent General bargaining units.
Brent has opened negotiations for successor agreements for the Klamath Falls Police, and Curry County Sheriff’s Office.
American Medical Response and the Local Union bargaining teams met again in May with little progress being made on the Union’s initial language proposals. Our next session is scheduled for late June and we are expecting to get into economics at that time. There is still a long way to go. The FMS Director/agent has been notified and he has blocked dates to attend the negotiations if needed.
American Red Cross National Addendum bargaining has just concluded 2 weeks of bargaining with little progress being made. The Union Coalition has presented a very complex and thorough proposal to the employer and is not waiving from its intent. It appears that in the first round the employer was not prepared and was not taking the negotiations seriously. That has now changed and a different attitude by the employer is being shown at the table. We are very proud to have` shop steward Karine Robburts of ARC be a representative of Local 223 at the negotiations. Karine has been a very active member of the Coalition and remains a voice for all members in the Northwest.
Dave is in the process of bargaining a successor agreement for union shop, Kramer’s Metro Mailing Services. If you are scheduling any mailings to your membership please use the union labor at Kramer’s Metro Mailing Services.
Negotiations are ongoing at the City of Fairview with the next session scheduled on June 5th. The negotiations for the City of Gresham are proceeding slowly with the next date scheduled for June 8th.
The Janus decision from the Supreme Court is expected at anytime, but no later than the end of June when the session comes to an end. Even if the decision is adverse to the unions it does not have to change your life or your career. If the union membership stays intact and continues to support the union, the Local will remain strong and be able to represent the membership. Remember, that it is the union that has bargained all the wages, benefits, and job protections that are contained in the labor agreement. If the membership numbers go down, so does the strength and power of the union. All employers pay attention to the numbers and if the membership numbers go down so does the attitude and respect of the employer towards the union. Stay strong, stay union, and we will prevail, no matter the decision of the Supreme Court. No one can stop you from being union and bargaining collectively with your employer.
WITHDRAWAL CARD INFORMATION
Please remember to contact the Local Union to see if you are eligible for a withdrawal card if you do not work any days in the bargaining unit during the current calendar month. Your dues must be paid current at the time of your request for the withdrawal card. It is very important to request a withdrawal card in a timely manner as dues can accrue until a withdrawal card is requested. If you return to bargaining unit work, please contact the Local Union to deposit your withdrawal card and return to “active” member status with the Local Union.
ADDRESS CHANGE: Please call us with any address changes. Thank You!
T-SHIRTS, JACKETS, AND HATS
T-SHIRTS, JACKETS, AND HATS are available to buy from the office of Local 223. The 100% cotton T-Shirts come in navy, black or ash starting at $8. We offer two styles of jackets: navy satin baseball (sizes L - 3XL); or the black poplin (sizes S - 3XL). The hats are $7.50 and come in solid navy or solid black and two tone, khaki & black or khaki & navy.