Every year millions of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. We say we’re determined to learn something new, make a lifestyle change or set a goal to better ourselves. The top categories in this annual tradition usually relate to money, health, career, self-improvement, family, and love. Change is one of the hardest things to accomplish, but it can be done. It takes time, but patience and commitment are key. Teamsters know this first hand as our goal is to negotiate the best possible contracts to better the lives of our members and their families especially during these changing and challenging times
We will be negotiating several contracts this year so get ready to participate in surveys and contract proposal meetings with your labor representatives and stewards if you haven’t done so already. Remember, your contract guarantees your wages, benefits, job security, retirement, safety on the job, workers’ rights, and much more. We have recently sold the Portland headquarter’s building and will be moving soon. Once we have a new address we will post it on the website to get the word out: Teamsters223.com
Highlights from Labor Rep Brent Jensen: Ratified 3©yr CBA on behalf of the General Unit employees with the Town of Lakeview. Opened negotiations with the City of Jacksonville on behalf of all City employees. Filed a grievance against Lake County following unlawful termination of Sheriff’s Deputy.Still dealing with lengthy successor Agreement negotiations on behalf of dispatchers with Klamath 9©1©1 and firefighters with Lakeview Fire Department. Attended the IBT Public Services Division Conference in Florida.
Highlights from Labor Rep Dave Tully: American Red Cross negotiations continue for a national contract. We will be looking to begin the negotiations soon for a local contract for all members under Hospital services, Collections and Apheresis. Canteen Vending negotiations will commence January 31. This employer has been hit extremely hard with filling vacant positions and the Covid virus. Northwest Administrators contract negotiations have concluded with a ratified agreement. The members received wage and pension increases over the duration of the contract along with maintenance of the H & W benefits that they currently enjoy. Local 223 would like to thank Shop Steward Stephanie Dine for her help in obtaining the offer and with the vote. We will be meeting with the members of Carpenters Locals 146 and 1503 to formulate union proposals to give to the employers. We fully expect to begin negotiations soon.
Highlights from Labor Rep Michael Mann: Benton Deputies – Settlement reached on additional holidays that were added by the County; assisted with member survey. Corvallis Police – Agency implemented a voluntary cardiac wellness program for the welfare of the employees with the agency paying the majority of the cost; the City attempted to force employees to reveal vaccination status but the Local interceded and the City halted requirement; settlement reached on injured officer with all leave time restored to the officer. Yamhill Deputies – Agency moved a patrol deputy to jail duties because of criticism against him on the internet but the agency was convinced to return him to regular duty; a jail captain who was problematic for labor relations resigned; the Local declined to enter into an MOU to allow retirees to work back (pending negotiations); an operational study/review of management that was part of an earlier settlement has been funded and is about to start. Lebanon Police – City desired to put into place a new leave donation policy that would have infringed upon our recently-bargained leave policy and we advised that was not acceptable. Douglas Road/Solid Waste/Fleet – Grievance about location differential pay is at Step 4; selection of arbitrator is pending; the County attempted to keep a steward from attending orientation and that was resolved.
Morrow Deputies – Settlement reached on a new employee handbook that changed working conditions and infringed on the labor agreement; two were grievances filed over denial of overtime when schedules were changed with less than 72 hour notice – remedy was granted the same day the grievances were filed and a position statement regarding overtime will be sent to the County.
Highlights from Labor Rep Karine Trowbridge: Ratified Tillamook Sheriffs new contract, and the members were very pleased, and said it was the best contract they had ratified in their history. 4.0% first year, 3% 2nd, 3.5% third year. Held membership meetings this past month with Washington County, Clean Water Services and City of Gresham to begin preparing for their contract negotiations. Working on a MOU for Stand-By list at Washington County. 6th week of travel to DC working on Red Cross's national addendum. Next bargaining week will be last week of January/first week of February. Starting local negotiations for Red Cross in the next few weeks. Also working with the DRD Reps at the Red Cross to organize them into the Teamsters. Very dependent on final language of the Red Cross National Addendum.
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.