December 29th, 2009 | by BETH SLOVIC News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, City Hall

City Ordered To Pay 4,680 Hours of Overtime To Six Workers

A new report from a San Francisco-based arbitrator offers a scathing picture of the City of Portland's 2007 decision to outsource work on the green pay stations Portlanders use for on-street parking.

The upshot? The city now owes six parking-meter technicians with the Portland Bureau of Transportation 780 hours of overtime each. The total payout? About $200,000.

The Dec. 17 decision from California attorney Norman Brand is a response to a May 3, 2007, grievance filed by Laborers' International Union Local 483.

In that grievance, the union alleged that the city had violated its labor agreement with Local 483 when it outsourced work that should have been performed by PBOT employees to Canada-based Precise ParkLink. (Precise ParkLink then subcontracted the work of upgrading the city's pay stations to another company, FeatherLite of Portland.)

According to the document excerpts below (underlining in those excerpts is mine), Brand's decision was based on the city's failure to follow article 6.1 of the union's contract (PMT in the documents means parking-meter technician):

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And the city's tenuous legal argument:

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According to the new report, Brand retains jurisdiction over his decision, which means he will determines the timeline for repaying the parking-meter technicians. He was unavailable for comment on Monday due to the holidays.

Deputy City Attorney Lory Kraut represented the city during arbitration. She was also unavailable for comment on Monday.
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