Oregon AFSCME Local 1569,
Council 75's newest local representing City of Newberg Public Works employees,
has overwhelmingly ratified its first contract. After a well-orchestrated effort by AFSCME's Organizing Department,
the union entered negotiations with the city in September and built a contract
The new Local 1569
represents about 30 Newberg workers. Council 75 Staff Representative Justin St.
James says highlights of the two-year agreement include:
Just cause and a fair
grievance procedure, neither of which existed in the city previously.
No changes in health
care, retirement or deferred compensation plans.
The unfreezing of
COLAs of 2.5 percent
for the first year and 2 percent plus a cash bonus in the second year of the
Improvements to standby
pay, the ability to choose overtime rather than being forced to take
compensatory time, and inclement weather pay.
"For a first contract
campaign, the local showed enormous solidarity and supported the bargaining team
at every turn," said St. James. "Our bargaining team worked incredibly hard to
get the local the best possible contract. They were a smart and talented group
that spent months negotiating every last article in the new contract, yet they
remained positive and focused even during the longest days of bargaining."
In addition to St. James,
the Local 1569 Bargaining Team included Mike Conway, Brittney Jeffries, Bryan
Jones, Craig Pack, Karen Tarmicheal and Ed Thomas.
St. James also cited Oregon
AFSCME Organizers Dan Abernathy and Tyler Woodard for their help during the