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Jul 15, 2022

Local 223 has officially moved to 15 82nd Dr, Suite 10, Gladstone OR 97027. Our phone and fax numbers remain the same. While Jill has been busy organizing the new office and getting our phones & internet up and running, Sydne has created our new, user-friendly and union-made website! Please visit the new website at where members can stay better connected to Local 223 and have easy access to so much more information than ever before. New members can now join by completing the membership application and dues checkoff authorization online, request an honorable withdrawal card, keep up on the latest news, and sign up to access even more member resources and benefits. Members can now make a dues payment online if, for some reason, your employer fails to payroll deduct for a month or more (Remember it’s still the member’s responsibility to keep dues current and in good standing even though you have signed up for automatic payroll deduction and your employer fails to deduct).

Dave Tully has officially retired after 34 years working in labor. Shortly after high school Dave found himself following in his father’s footsteps, who was a proud-union carpenter.  Although Dave embarked on a 9.5- year career in the building trades, one day he realized that is not what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. Dave always enjoyed cooking, so he decided to enroll into what was Horst Mager Culinary School at the time. Upon graduation of culinary school, it led him to Fred Meyer Grocery where he helped open what they called their Gourmet Butcher Blocks. From there he did an apprenticeship to become a meatcutter. That is where he got his first taste of the real union experience. Dave was asked and he accepted to become a union shop steward. His first real test was when the F.M. pharmacists went out on strike. The labor rep. came into the store and asked that the clerks and the meat department walk out in support of the pharmacists for one day. That following day was a Sunday, and he and his co-worker did their best to keep everyone out that morning in support of the pharmacists. It ended up being just the two of them in the end that stayed out! The union was there to support Dave and his co-worker as they immediately went back to work with no time or loss of pay. They walked back into that store holding their heads high past all the clerks that had crossed the line. Dave then went to work for UFCW, Local 555 as an organizer. He worked in many other positions throughout his 15-year career at UFCW. From there, Dave was hired as the first lead organizer for the Joint Council of Teamsters #37 where he served in that capacity for five-plus years before being hired by Teamsters Local 223 as a Labor Representative in April 2009. Dave said, “I have enjoyed serving the members of both UFCW and Teamsters Local 223 and bettering the lives of many throughout my 34-year career in organized labor. Now it’s time for me to take care of myself and my health. My wife and I have plans to do more traveling, and I plan to golf, fish, and already have two motorcycle trips planned.” Dave will be missed by our staff as well as many members. Our sincere congratulations go out to Dave, and we wish him the best for a long & healthy retirement with much success and happiness in this new chapter of his life.

I am pleased to announce Local 223 has hired a new labor representative Austin Depaolo who will represent Local 223 bargaining unit members that Dave had represented for the past 13 years. Austin is already off and running being a part of Local 223’s negotiating committee along with myself and 6 stewards as we, and Local 58, jointly seek a successor labor agreement with American Medical Response. At the writing of this article, we’ve had 4 negotiating sessions and have made some progress by tentatively agreeing to some language changes. After two long years of courageously working on the front lines of Covid whiling dealing with the stress and violence in the streets of our City of Roses, our paramedics and EMT’s are eager to see some much-needed change in their working conditions. Austin and I will soon be meeting with the members of the Teamsters Council 37 Federal Credit Union to talk about their upcoming contract negotiations. Austin is the first of 10 children born in Spokane, WA to an immigrant pre-school teacher and small businessman raised on the Blackfeet Reservation in Browning, MT. At age 19 he first became a Teamster when he was hired as a Garage Attendant for the Stanford Court Hotel in San Francisco. He continued in the hotel Industry when he moved to New York City two years later. In 1994 he became a public-school teacher in Spanish Harlem. In 1996 he moved his family to Spokane, WA and taught junior high social studies where he would invite labor leaders into his classroom. In 2001 he became a community organizer in Spokane and later Yakima, WA. 2004 to 2007 he was Executive Director of the Martin Luther King Family Outreach Center in Spokane. From 2007 to 2011 he worked for an education foundation where he helped lead a failed attempt at a property tax increase to fund youth programs that was modeled after the Portland Children’s Levy. In 2011 Austin was recruited to work as a labor representative at UFCW until 2015 when he moved to the Pasco, WA to work for Teamsters Local 839. There, he represented truck drivers and transit workers, Head Start teachers and health care providers and many other workers in the public sector in offices and in road and infrastructure maintenance. Austin is excited to come to work for Local 223, to be closer to the coast and take in the urban surroundings of the Portland area.  

Highlights from Labor Rep Brent Jensen: Ratified successor 3-year Agreements on behalf of Public Works and City Hall employees and Police Department staff with the City of Phoenix. 

Nine active successor Agreement negotiations with Brookings, Jacksonville, Klamath 911, Curry County Sheriff’s Office, Eagle Point, Lake County and Talent.  Negotiated Settlement Agreement on behalf of a City of Eagle Point employee facing termination. Advocated on behalf of six Lake Health District employees who were initially denied annual merit pay evaluations.  Pre-grievance complaint registered with human resources over contract violation regarding timely evaluations.  Wage increases were received. Officer-involved fatal shooting involving armed suspect following a brief car chase in Klamath Falls.  Three involved bargaining unit members were put in touch with the new representational benefit through the Teamsters Legal Defense Fund. 

Highlights from Labor Rep Michael Mann: Most of my time lately has been spent in prepping for or engaging in negotiations. Ratified successor five-year agreement at Corvallis PD: Highlights include 20.5% wage increase (6,4,4,3.5,3), $10,000 retention bonus over the five years, vacation and sick leave for lateral hires, added language for Paid Family Medical Leave Insurance(PFMLI), updated language for HB 2016 regarding Association Representation and Activities and incorporated side-agreements including Workers’ Compensation and Scheduling. Negotiations ongoing with four groups (Coos Deputies, McMinnville Police, Yamhill Deputies and Benton Deputies). Paid Family Medical Leave Insurance Act language is being proposed for all groups.

Benton Deputies – Resolved a dispute after it was discovered several employees were not paid properly for holiday accruals; the County agreed to remedies for current employees but initially refused to pay two former employees; the County was convinced to pay the former employees for the holiday hours. Corvallis Police – We signed an agreement to embark on an extended vacation leave pilot project. Lebanon Police – We signed a letter of agreement for bonuses for appreciation of service during the COVID-19 pandemic. We signed a letter of agreement for hiring bonuses for lateral police officer hires ($6500 paid over the first year). McMinnville Police- we signed an agreement to temporarily increase vacation caps due to staffing issues. During negotiations, it was discovered that the agency placed a cap on the cost of footwear and had charged some members the difference; however, the CBA states that the agency will provide the footwear. The Chief agreed that employees will be reimbursed for the overages they were made to pay the City. Juneteenth – Disputes at Benton and Corvallis agencies about how to account for 2022 Juneteenth Holiday – Both disputes now settled with proper compensation per the CBAs. Yamhill Deputies – There was a contract concern about how a temporary sergeant position was filled; the agency withdrew the appointment and then completed a process to fill the position. Resolved a dispute about the County ending their COVID-19 leave policy while a member was on the leave; the County agreed allow the member to finish his leave using COVID-19 hours.  Resolved an issue regarding a probationary employee who had her schedule changed improperly; grievance was filed and a settlement reached with a remedy of 10 hours of overtime and employee granted career/non-probationary status. Douglas County – In preparing for an arbitration, some information came to light about pay discrepancies and it appears we might have a payroll issue; information was requested but the employer is not clarifying what occurred. All employers were advised of 223 address change and all Stewards & Association Officers were invited to Steward training on May 14, 2022.

Highlights from Labor Rep Karine Trowbridge: Karine has been busy in negotiations with Clean Water Services, Washington County, City of Fairview, City of Gresham, and City of Molalla while wrapping up the American Red Cross local agreement, which the members will soon be taking a ratification vote. Karine advocated on behalf of a member who was terminated during their probationary period and was able to convince the employer to hire them back into a different department.

WITHDRAWAL CARD INFORMATION: Protect your membership and remember to contact the Local Union to request 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.  Upon your return to bargaining unit work, please contact the Local Union to deposit your withdrawal card and return to “active” member status as your dues will be owing the month you return. Your membership shall stand suspended if a withdrawal card is not requested within the 90 days, and you will be required to remit a re-initiation fee along with any back dues owing. We don’t want this to happen so please keep in contact with us.

CONTACT CHANGE: Please contact us with any address, email, ph# changes.  Thank You!

Teamsters Local 223
15 82nd Drive, Suite 10
Gladstone, OR 97027

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