City of Portland - COPPEA Chapter

Local 17 Union Representatives for COPPEA Members

Amy Bowles, 800-783-0017 ext. 118
Behnaz Nelson, 800-783-0017 ext. 112

Comp Time Amendment

The compensatory (comp) time provision in the Local 17 COPPEA Chapter contract (Article 19, section 7a) has been amended to reflect parity with the cap in the District Council for Trade Unions (DCTU) contract. The cap has been increased from 80 to 120 hours. This change went into effect on July 30, 2014 when it was approved by Council. You can read more in the Letter of Agreement below.

Letter of Agreement - Comp Time

Leadership Summit

The leadership summit originally scheduled for October will be rescheduled for sometime in the new year. Keep your eyes peeled for the new date! All members welcome.

Chapter Elections

This year, the COPPEA Chapter will be holding an election to fill ten (10) Regional Executive Committee (REC) delegate positions. The position of President is also open for candidate nominations. Please see this list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) to learn more about the nomination and election process. Nominations close on Nov. 4.

Also, we also need someone to volunteer to be the Election Chair! If you are interested, please contact Nikola Davidson (800-783-0017 ext. 111) by Oct. 15.

Vote 'YES' on Portland Parks Bond!

On Nov. 4, Portland voters will be asked to continue the current (1994-2015) Parks Bond at the same tax rate. The funds from the bond will allow parks to stay open, and fund vital upgrades and improvements to infrastructure, as well as programming for parks users.

Money from the bond will also be used to make long-overdue structural and safety improvements for Parks Bureau employees – including many Local 17 COPPEA Chapter members – at Mt. Tabor Yard and other worksites.

Local 17 has contributed $1,000 to the Fix Our Parks campaign and collaborated with other labor groups to create a statement in the voters pamphlet. Visit to learn more about the Park Replacement Bond and how you can volunteer money or time.

2.7% COLA Goes Into Effect on July 1

COLAA cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) of 2.7% for City of Portland employees will go into effect on July 1, 2014. The COLA will first appear in paychecks dated July 10 (reflecting two days of the increase).

COPPEA Chapter VP Appointed to
Local 17 Executive Board

Rachel WhitesideCOPPEA Chapter Vice President, Rachel Whiteside, joined the Local 17 Executive Board in February 2014. She was appointed by the board in order to fill a trustee position vacated by Brenda Sevilla-Miranda, who was unable to serve the remainder of her term.

Whiteside is a City Planner II for the City of Portland Bureau of Development Services. She has been an active member of COPPEA for many years, and a strong supporter of COPPEA's affiliation with Local 17, which became official in Sept. 2013.

"Local 17 has provided an amazing level of service to COPPEA for the last three years and I welcome the chance to do the same for Local 17," said Whiteside.

COPPEA LogoMembership Meetings

The COPPEA Chapter meets at noon on the first Tuesday of each month. For details on the next meeting, please click here.

Oct. 2014 Meeting Notes
Sept. 2014 Meeting Notes
June 2014 Meeting Notes

Contract Information

Current contract is valid through June 30, 2017.

2013-2017 Contract
2010-2013 Contract


Gerry Verhoef

Rachel Whiteside

Paul Cone


Bureau of Environmental Services
Angie Tomlinson
Ana Brophy
Andrew Neuman
John Wilson
Stephen Rae

Bureau of Technology Services
Keith Holland
Brian Ventura
Katherine Enriques

Bureau of Transportation
Ruthanne Bennett
John Wood
Cate Perry
Gudrun (Goodie) Utz

Bureau of Development Services
Lizbeth Dance
Priscilla Partch

Bureau of Planning
Tyler Bump

Water Bureau
Jamie Wilde
Mia Sabanovic
Stephen Ngai

Shared Bureaus
(Fire, Police, Revenue, BGS, City Attorney’s Office)

Karen Obana

Bureau of Parks and Recreation
Aulani (Jeremiah) Johnson

July 2014
March 2014
April 2013
October 2012
February 2012
November 2011
September 2011