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Local 3337 — City of Sweet Home
Sep 12, 2013
SWEET HOME — A month after the city and the union representing the police department approved a new collective bargaining agree

Both Local 3337, which represents City of Sweet Home general employees, and its sub-local that represents the city's police department have new three-year contracts. Agreement on the two pacts came about a month apart, with the police employees signing off first.


Bargaining began in March. Both units had contracts that expired June 30, and both new agreements are retroactive to July 1.


Economic highlights are as follows:


  • Employees will see a 2 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase retroactive to July 1, 2013;


  • A 2 percent COLA effective July 1, 2014;


  • A 1.5 percent COLA effective July 1, 2015; and


  • A 1.5 percent COLA effective Jan. 1, 2016.


  • Both units agreed to a lower-cost health plan that will provide a premium savings of $188,121 to the city. In return, the city has agreed to contribute $1,500 for single employees, or $3,000 for employee and family, toward Health Savings Accounts.


There were contract language changes as well. For the union, contract negotiations were primarily directed by former Council 75 Staff Representative Neil Bednarczyk, who retired in mid-July. Staff rep Justin St. James filled in and completed the process; St. James recently accepted a position as the staff attorney for the Vermont State Employees Association and has moved to New England. A replacement for Bednarczyk and his assignment, which includes the Sweet Home locals and is staffed out of the Salem AFSCME office, is expected to be announced soon.


Local 2451 — City of Klamath Falls
Jul 23, 2013
After several false starts, including at one point a one-year contract extension that died because of a tie vote on the Klamath

After several false starts, including at one point an attempted one-year contract extension that died because of a tie vote on the Klamath Falls City Council, Local 2451 and the city can finally celebrate a new two-year agreement.


The new contract covers about 75 members, who work primarily in the city's public works, community development, parks, airport and finance departments.


PERS was a big sticking point. Under the new agreement, Local 2451 members will begin paying their 6 percent PERS pick-up. In return, the contract grants them a 6.5 percent salary increase. Several city council members were adamant that employees needed to return to paying the PERS pick-up.


"That extra 0.5 percent offsets the cost of paying additional taxes on the increase," explains Council 75 Staff Representative Rodney McCambridge.


Other contract economic highlights include:


  • Cost-of-living adjustments — In addition to the 6.5 percent PERS pick-up offset dollars, workers will receive a 0.9 percent COLA in the contract's first year, as well as an additional step (see below). Employees will receive a COLA of between 0 and 3 percent in the second year, based on the local Consumer Price Index.


  • Step system — Employees will move to a new step system based on a classification and compensation study done three years ago, with each worker initially being bumped up to the next highest step.


  • Health insurance — The union agreed to move from a 92/8 percent co-pay to a 90/10 plan.


"We had some rough times during this process, but this is a deal both sides can live with," said Local 2451 President Joe McGonigle. "I really want to thank the members of our bargaining team, they worked really hard for a long time."


In addition to McCambridge and McGonigle, the Local 2451 Bargaining Team included Barbara Gibson, Larry Hayes, Joe Hinton and Terry Sellars. Oregon AFSCME Research Coordinator Rob Glase also participated on the team.


Page Last Updated: Sep 12, 2013 (11:34:00)

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