State Central Table reaches agreement on new two-year contract
Updated On: Aug 08, 2013
AFSCME Central Table members and State of Oregon management representatives celebrate the new tentative agreement.
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the
State of Oregon have reached agreement on a new two-ye
employees have a new contract with the State of Oregon, following a long
bargaining session that began the morning of July 18 and ended with a tentative
agreement just after midnight on July 19.
The contract covers about
3,000 state workers, AFSCME's "central table" group of 20 state agencies.
AFSCME also represents another 3,000 Oregon Department of Corrections
employees; those workers are still negotiating separate agreements.
The settlement includes the
Cost-of-living adjustments of 1.5 percent on
Dec. 1, 2013 and 2 percent on Dec. 1, 2014.
Continuation of the current 95-5 premium share
split on employee health, dental, vision and basic life insurance. There
are also some insurance subsidies for lower-wage and part-time employees.
In calendar year 2015, employees who choose the
least expensive PEBB plan available to them will have the opportunity to
see the insurance co-pay decrease to 3 percent. This piece of the
agreement becomes operational if 95 percent of employees statewide have at
least two plan options available, which is expected to happen.
Also in 2015, for every 1.6 percent that PEBB's
projected composite rate is below the 5 percent increase built into the
plan, the scheduled 2 percent Dec. 1, 2014 COLA will be paid one month
Steps will be unfrozen. Employees due step
increases over the course of the contract will receive them.
Additionally, an agreement to rectify the "step
slide" that occurred for employees hired before July 1, 2009, who did not
receive a step increase that less senior workers did receive during the
2009-10 fiscal year. Employees in that situation will be granted an extra
step increase effective July 1, 2013.
No furlough days over the life of the contract.
Inclusion of nine classifications in an upcoming
state market survey. Those classifications include Administrative
Specialist 1-2, Compliance Specialist 1-3, Executive Support Specialist
1-2, Information System Specialist 1-8, Office Coordinator, Office
Assistant 1-2, Office Specialist 1-2, Program Analyst 1-4 and Public
Service representative 1-4.
"We worked hard and
bargained many extra hours to protect and benefit our rural members with the
insurance language," said Oregon AFSCME Executive Director Ken Allen. "It was
important to make the state recognize there are fewer options in some areas,
and that in some cases, the 'least expensive plan' may in fact be the only one.
Our Central Table team stayed united on that issue, and bargained hard to make
sure this was a benefit for all AFSCME members, no matter where they live and
Local agency tables will
wrap up their negotiations in the next three weeks, and then the tentative
agreement will be subject to a statewide ratification. The contract is
retroactive to July 1 and runs through June 30, 2015.
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