Multnomah County, AFSCME Agree on $15 Minimum Wage


Multnomah County and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees have reached a tentative agreement raising the lowest-paid county employees pay to $15 per hour by July 2016. The deal still needs to be approved by AFSCME members and by the five-member county commission. "We understand that by doing this we are setting the bar," County Chair Deborah Kafoury tells WW. "Multnomah ...   More
Thursday, November 6, 2014 Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

AFSCME Kicks in to Block Water Bureau Measure

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Organized labor has a financial interest in preserving the status quo at the City of Portland's Water Bureau and we now see the first evidence of that—AFSCME Local 189 contributed $10,000 to the Stop the Bull Run Takeover PAC yesterday. That committee, which was just formed this week, has raised a little over $13,000 so far. Portlanders for Water Reform, the industrial customers, led by Portland ...   More
Thursday, February 27, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

OSHU Gets Workers to Pay 6 Percent PERS Contribution


Oregon Health & Science University won a high-profile concession in its recently concluded contract negotiations with AFSCME Local 328, which represents about 5,300 employees at the city's largest employer. As public-sector employers struggle to contain benefit costs, the practice of employers paying a six percent pension contribution on employees' behalf has come under scrutiny. The practice dates ...   More
Friday, August 31, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Ron Wyden Targeted in New TV Ad on Health Care

[youtube][/youtube] A coalition called Health Care For America Now announced today that it is spending $1.1 million to broadcast a health care ad campaign in 10 states over the next 10 days, with the version on our airwaves tailored to ...   More
Friday, June 19, 2009 HANK STERN

UPDATED: Pay Raises in Ted Wheeler's Office Anger Leader of Multnomah County's Biggest Union

The leader of Multnomah County's largest employee union this week traded heated emails with county Chairman Ted Wheeler over recent salary increases for two members of Wheeler's staff. Becky Steward, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 88, says the raises send the wrong message to county employees who agreed to salary freezes this year to help ...   More
Friday, August 7, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Who's Giving In the Tax Measure Battles

The one part of the Oregon economy that's looking healthy these days is the campaign business. While there are only two measures on the ballot, unions and big business are shelling out like it's 1999 again (or some other year when we were not an economic basket case). Common Cause Oregon has thoughtfully provided data on who's giving to both the proponents of Measures 66 and 67, which would ...   More
Monday, January 11, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS


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