|LOCAL UNION NEWS
(continued from News page)... This decision has reversed 41
years of precedence and is just another in a trend of issuing anti-worker decisions. Nothing has
to change in the public sector in Oregon if the members of the unions stay true to their
convictions and continue to support their bargaining unit which is organized. When the overall
numbers for membership fall within the bargaining units it takes away from the solid showing-of-
union support with the various employers. The moment an employee revokes their membership
it is an adverse action against themselves and the bargaining unit. The savings of the individual
dues is a small factor in the impact the dwindling member numbers has with the employers. It
will have a huge impact with your employer in the next round of bargaining for a successor
agreement on your behalf. Some employees feel that all the other members should pay so they
can reap all the benefits of the agreements for free. It flies in the face of everyone paying their
fair share for what they gain with collective bargaining. Perhaps the Supreme Court will decide
in the future that it is unconstitutional to require some people to pay taxes. The founding fathers
of the Constitution would be amazed at how the Constitution has been stretched over the years
by the Justices to meet the minds and votes of the nine at the time. A simple majority of 5 to 4
votes is all it takes.
Brent has been very busy in the southern half of the State since Janus. He received a
decision in favor of the Union regarding a unit clarification petition against the City of Medford
regarding a Fleet Services Coordinator position. This position will now be added to the
Brent ratified the following successor agreements: two-year agreements with the City of
Medford for the Fleet Services and the Water Reclamation District bargaining units. A three-year
agreement with the Lake Health District involving the Hospital and Long-Term Care employees.
Ratified a three-year agreement with Klamath Falls on behalf of Police Officers and Police
Records personnel. Ratified two successor agreements with the City of Talent for the General
employees and Police Officers. Also he resumed negotiations for a successor agreement on
behalf of the Klamath County Sheriff Sergeants. Opened negotiations with Curry County for a
successor agreement with the Sheriff’s Office employees. Opened negotiations with the
Klamath 9-1-1 District for a successor agreement.
Brent filed a grievance on behalf of a terminated City of Gold Beach employee.
Arbitration is set for late October. He negotiated a settlement agreement for separation
of employment involving a City of Medford employee. A grievance was filed against the City of
Medford over the interpretation of standby language. Also Brent filed a unit clarification petition
with ERB concerning a new position filled by the Lake Health District. The hearing is set for late
October. Last, but not least a grievance against Eagle Point for disciplinary action against a
police officer was withdrawn due to evidentiary problems. In his spare time Brent attended the
Joint Council 37 Delegates meeting in June.
Dave and Mike from Local 58 are in heavy negotiations with AMR. The Union and AMR
are scheduled for negotiations on August 20th and 21st. A federal mediator is scheduled to be in
attendance in hopes of reaching a tentative agreement. Meetings with the membership were
scheduled and a strike vote was conducted. The membership gave the bargaining committee a
unanimous strike authorization. This message will be conveyed at the upcoming negotiations.
ARC National negotiations are resuming on August 28th, 29th, 30th, in Washington, D.C. Local
contract negotiations are scheduled for August 16th and 17th. Please watch union bulletin boards
and Facebook for update information for both groups.
A successor agreement has been reached and ratified for Kramer’s Metro Mailing.
Contract surveys are being sent out to the membership at Canteen Vending. Negotiations will
begin soon for a successor agreement. The Credit Union Insurance has been sold and the new
company will remain Teamsters. The new name will be Mt. Hood Insurance and we welcome
Ryan Richter and his staff as a new Teamster employer and members. If you are shopping for
insurance give them a call at 503-808-1111 or stop by at 12604 SE Stark St. Portland, Oregon.
We go back to the table for negotiations with the City of Gresham on the 21st
in hopes of resolving the remain issues to bring back to the membership for a vote. The proposed one-
year extension for Clean Water Services has been prolonged because of management
retirements, but should be resolved soon and we can bring it back to the members for a vote.
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.