The member of Local 2746
that work for private, non-profit employer Coast Rehabilitation Services, Inc.
have a new one-year supplemental contract agreement, due to a wage re-opener
recently negotiated by the two sides. Coast Rehab manages private MR/DD community
Council 75 Staff
Representative Evan Wickersham reports economic highlights of the supplemental
agreement as follows:
- A 12-cent per hour across the board raise;
- Step increases remain frozen through June 2013;
- Members will receive one additional floating
holiday this contract year; and
- Coast Rehab will pay for 15 members to travel to
Salem to meet with state legislators for a lobby day.
The lobby day activity will
be coordinated with Oregon AFSCME political staff. State support for funding
such group homes as Coast Rehab and staffing ratios are likely to be the key
topics of discussion.
In addition to pure
economics, Wickersham says call-in language was improved and memorialized into
the contract, meaning available shifts will be offered to members with the
least hours, then seniority breaks a tie.
"Management will have to
leave messages with members who will have a set time to respond and accept, or
forfeit the shift," said Wickersham. "This should help shifts get spread
around, which is the goal."
The Local 2746 sub-local
represents about 164 Coast Rehab employees. In addition to Wickersham, the
bargaining team included Rosalie Hilton, Joe Pavelec, Monica Godsy and Daydre