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State Bargaining Update
Negotiations Update for Feb. 6
Feb 06, 2015
Today (Feb

Today (Feb. 6) was the second day our union and the state exchanged proposals. Our union made proposals as follows:


  • Keeping our insurance status quo;


  • A strong 4.75 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in each year of a two-year agreement;


  • A new top step and a step increase for all workers not topped out who were hired in the
  • last 10 years;


  • An additional holiday (the day after Thanksgiving); and


  • The state paying to upkeep licenses and other professional requirements.


The state proposed language around using OFLA and bereavement leave together, and standardizing the salary eligibility date across AFSCME-represented agencies.


Please wear GREEN on Friday, March 6, to show support for your Central Table Bargaining Team.





¥ Increase your chances of getting a better contract.

¥ Ensure your bargaining team is successful at the table.

¥ Plan activities for your bargaining campaign.

¥ Attend State Worker Lobby Day on Tuesday, March 3.

Central Table bargaining has begun; members urged to complete survey
Dec 15, 2014
State Central Table bargaining is underway

State Central Table bargaining is underway! The AFSCME Central Table Bargaining Team met with the state in Salem on Dec. 15 to officially kick off the 2015-17 contract campaign. The current contract for AFSCME-represented state employees expires on June 30, 2015.


Face-to-face meeting time at the first session is traditionally short, and Dec. 15 was no exception. The two teams introduced each other around the large table, and the union and the state agreed to the basic ground rules for the negotiations. The sides also agreed that the next three bargaining dates will be Jan. 21, Jan. 30 and Feb. 6. Further negotiating dates will be decided next year.


Feb. 6, the fourth meeting date, will be the deadline for either side to present proposals, although that cut-off date could be extended by mutual agreement. The AFSCME team spent the rest of the day in caucus, beginning the preliminary process of determining contract language proposals.


All state employees are encouraged to fill out the online bargaining survey (see below), which will help the team craft its proposals. Members are encouraged to complete the survey by the end of this calendar year.


Central Table bargaining includes all AFSCME-represented state agencies except those in Department of Corrections bargaining units, which run separate, parallel negotiations. Council 75 Executive Director Ken Allen is the union's chief negotiator; Craig Cowan is again the lead negotiator for the state.


An update on bargaining will be posted on this tab following each bargaining session.


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