|LOCAL UNION NEWS
(continued from News page)... As previously reported, bargaining between the Local Union and Tillamook County has resulted in an impasse. The first mediation session has taken place and the County has continued to be unresponsive to components of a settlement that are critical to a tentative agreement, among them retroactivity of the economic provisions. Presently, we are making initial preparations for a petition to initiate interest arbitration.
We are keeping a close eye on the upcoming special “short” session of the Oregon legislature due to start in early February. There is a PERS bill being advanced, HB 4070, that contains many adverse elements. The PERS coalition is monitoring the bill closely, and there is serious question whether there will be time in the short session for the bill to get serious consideration. We will continue to monitor any progress and report back.
Brent has opened negotiations for successor agreements for the City of Jacksonville and for the Lake District Hospital. He also participated in interviews with the Central Point Public Works regarding workplace harassment.
Brent assisted with the presentation in an arbitration case of disciplinary action taken against a City of Medford employee. The arbitrator ultimately decided in favor of the employer and upheld the suspension without pay over the loss of the employee’s driver’s license. This Local prevailed in a similar type case with the City in the past and expected to win this one. You have to wonder what kind of day the arbitrator was having when she wrote the decision.
Brent met with the City of Brookings water/waste water treatment plant employees over subcontracting concerns. A tentative settlement was reached with the Lake District Hospital involving disciplinary action against a certified nursing assistant that also involved agreement to merge two bargaining units.
Brent negotiated the separation from the General bargaining unit of the sworn police officers at the City of Talent into their own bargaining unit. He also assisted with an officer-involved shooting in Gold Beach where the suspect remains a fugitive and the officer was not injured, and another officer-involved shooting in Klamath Falls where the suspect is deceased and the officer is also uninjured. That’s two for the good guys and zero for the bad guys.
Fred Meyer announced they will be closing the company print shop effective February 2, 2018. The print shop employees have been represented by the Local for many years and will be missed. This was one of the last represented groups remaining at the Fred Meyer main office. Kroger has owned Fred Meyer for many years and a lot of the union jobs have been moved to Cincinnati or outsourced. Dave will be bargaining a severance package for those affected.
Contract surveys have been mailed out to all AMR employees. Please fill out the survey and return to the Local by no later than February 9th at the close of the business day. The Locals will be holding proposal meetings in the future in Portland and Vancouver. Dates and times will be posted on the union boards and the Facebook page.
Negotiations for a successor agreement have been scheduled for the City of Fairview. Input from members at the City of Gresham has been requested to compile the Union’s proposal for negotiations for a successor agreement.
The parties reached impasse in negotiations for a successor agreement for the Corvallis Police Officers’ Association. The first mediation session was held on January 16, 2018, and the second day of mediation is scheduled for February 2, 2018. The negotiations were long and hard, but we are hopeful that the issues will be resolved in mediation, if not we will proceed to binding interest arbitration for the first time in over forty years of representing the Association.
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.