We have a tentative agreement with the state, signed on August 9th! Ratification is still being scheduled. This was not an easy bargaining environment with the state's $1.7B budget deficit. However, through hard work and a lot of pressure we were able to secure a fair deal.
Download the flyer to learn more about the proposals.
"I am so proud of our members and bargaining team for standing strong and putting the right amount of pressure on the state and legislature that allowed us to negotiate this deal. Given the budgetary limitations we were facing, this is a great contract that not only protects member's healthcare and provides for cost-of-living-adjustment while keeping step increases. We also protected members retirement and we were able ensure that all members regardless of tier are getting the full value of their retirement contributions. It took a lot of work from every part of AFSCME but we know we got all we could."
Here is what's on the table:
||Our Tentative Agreement
||Management's Initial Proposal
|Cost of living raises
June 15, 2018 - 1%
July 1, 2017 - 1.45%
||Steps in each year of the contract
Step freeze first year
One step in second year
Maintain current plan:
5% share of costlier plan
1% share of lower-cost plan
|Establish employee 7% premium share
for costlier plan
||We accepted the state's buy out of the 6% pick up with the Feb. 1st, 2019, 6.95% COLA. The additional .95% provides for any FICA tax increases associate with the raise in wages.
||State "buyout" the 6% pick-up, meaning workers receive a 6% wage increase but the money would inturn go into their PERS account
The Proposed 6% PERS Buyout, What it Could Mean For You
Contact Your State Representative and Senator
Find your legislator and then call them or write them and say:
"State employees provide services Oregonians need. Cutting PERS will make it harder to recruit and retain qualified state employees. For me personally, with PERS, I would retire in poverty. Please let me know your position on PERS and the need for increasing revenue from corporate taxes."
Share Your Thoughts With US
We want to have a robust discussion about this with our membership and to hear how this proposal would impact you and/or your family. Here are the ways to connect with us:
- Contact your bargaining team members and let them know your thoughts
- Submit your stories and feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.