Oregon AFSCME Local
2892 and the City of Coos Bay have signed a new four-year contract. The
contract is effective June 1 and runs through December 2016.
The agreement covers
about 30 union-represented city workers. Council 75 Staff Representative Rodney
McCambridge said both sides walked away from the negotiations feeling that the
process had worked.
"I think it's fair to
say that both the city and the union felt pleased with the final contract,
especially given the current economic landscape of not only the City of Coos
Bay, but also the county and the state," said McCambridge.
The Coos Bay-North
Bend area has long been hard hit by cutbacks by lumber mills and Pacific
fishing/shipping, with Coos County being one of the primary Oregon country
jurisdictions struggling from the lack of federal timber receipt payments.
Those factors, says McCambridge, quickly trickle down to city government in an
economically distressed area.
Some highlights of the
- A first year wage increase of
2.7 percent, up from the city's initial offer of 1 percent and,
importantly to the membership, the same increase as city management will
receive in the same time period;
- Wage increases in years two
through four of the contract between 2 and 5 percent, based on the
Consumer Price Index;
- An increase in vacation hours
for those with over 300 months (25 years) of service with the city;
- A boot allowance for employees
that work in parks and street shops of $175 per year;
- Insurance co-pays to remain the
same for the next four years;
- Improved union leave language;
- Reimbursable continuing
education money of $750 per fiscal year per employee; and
- A variety of contract language
improvements, including a better definition of "immediate family."
In addition to
McCambridge, the Local 2892 Bargaining Team included Local President Deb Erler,
Jared Anderson, Crystal Barr, Frank Kaiser, Julie Kremers and Lisa Magill.