City of Portland - COPPEA Chapter

Local 17 Union Representatives for COPPEA Members

Rachel Whiteside, 800-783-0017 ext. 113

2017-2021 Contract Ratified by Members!

The electronic ballot for the 2017-2021 contract closed on Aug. 24 at noon, the votes were tallied, and the contract passed with an overwhelming 'YES’ vote!

At this point, we do not know the exact dates for when the new wage rates and the retroactive cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will be effective. But the contract will be submitted to City Council and voted on as early as August 30.

As soon as we receive the exact dates from the City for when the new wage rates and retroactive COLA pay will be reflected in your paychecks, we will communicate that information to you.

You can find a copy of the Tentative Agreement, a summary of changes and an infographic at the links below:

2017-2021 Tentative Agreement
Summary of Changes

Thanks again for your participation in this important process! If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact your Union Representative or a member of the bargaining team.

Tentative Agreement reached on 2017-2021 contract!

We have reached a Tentative Agreement (TA) with the City of Portland for your 2017-21 contract!  There were no-takeaways in this contract -- only gains! 

You can find the TA and a summary of changes below. Electronic ballots and voting information will be emailed to your work emails on Thurs., Aug. 10.

2017-2021 Tentative Agreement
Summary of Changes

Also, please mark your calendars for one of these upcoming info sessions to learn more about the TA and to get your questions answered!

  • Mon., Aug. 7 at 11:30 a.m., Wastewater Treatment Center, Columbia Blvd, Bachelor Butte
  • Tues., Aug. 8 at 11:30 a.m., 1900 Building, Rm 5B
  • Tues., Aug. 8 at 1 p.m., Comm Center, Teardrop Conference Room
  • Wed., Aug. 9 at 8 a.m., Water Pollution Control Lab, Smith Bybee Room
  • Wed., Aug. 9 at 1 p.m., Portland Building, Fir Creek Room (3rd Floor)
  • Thurs., Aug. 10 at 12 p.m., Interstate, Kelly Butte Conference Room

If you have questions, you can ask your Union Representative Amy Bowles, or a member of the bargaining team: Ana Brophy (BES), Paul Cone (BTS), Andrew Neuman (BES), Priscilla Partch (BDS), Sarah Spotts (Water), Rachel Whiteside (BDS), and John Wilson (PBOT).

Local 17 member Rick Best dies a hero in Portland tragedy

It is with great sadness that we share the news that Local 17 member, Rick Best -- a Technician in the Bureau of Development Services at the City of Portland -- was among one of the victims in the Portland stabbing on Fri., May 26. Best and two other heroes were defending two young women who were being harassed with hate speech on the Portland MAX train.

Best was a retired army veteran who began working for the City in 2015. He is survived by his wife, Myhanh Duong Best, and three sons and a daughter, Erik, Isaac, David, and Tramanh.

Our hearts go out to Rick's family, friends, and colleagues as they grieve this senseless loss. A GoFundMe page has been set up to fund scholarships for Best's children if you would like to contribute.

What's happening in the Oregon legislature?

Stay on top of what's happening in Salem on our new Oregon Public Affairs page! From PERS, to contracting out, to prescription drug prices, the Oregon legislature is deciding a lot of issues that directly impact you! Visit our page for the latest.

To receive updates by email on what's happening in Salem, be sure we have your personal email address on file by updating your contact information HERE.

Questions? Ask Elliot Levin, Local 17 Oregon Legislative Advocate.

Contract negotiations have begun!

Do You Know About the Attendance Incentive?

Convert some of your sick leave to vacation leave!

Check out our award-winning video* - starring some of your fellow Local 17 COPPEA Chapter members - that talks about the Attendance Incentive, a benefit in your contract that allows a percentage of unused annual sick leave to be converted to vacation leave.

If you meet the requirements, you can request to convert a portion of your unused 2016 sick leave to vacation starting Jan. 11, 2017 through June 30, 2017.

*This video won second place in the Educational/Training Video category of the International Labor Communications Association 2016 Media Awards!

Paid Parental Leave

Great news! The City of Portland’s new Paid Parental Leave will go into effect and be available to all PTE Local 17 COPPEA Chapter members on Jan. 1, 2016!

This new leave policy allows for 6 weeks of paid leave for a newborn child, newly adopted child, or newly placed foster child. The qualifying event (child’s birth or placement) must occur on or after Jan. 1, 2016 -- the paid leave is not retroactive. If you are also using FMLA, then the paid leave must be used concurrently with FMLA and prior to using other types of leave (sick, vacation, unpaid).

If you have other questions, please see the list of Frequently Asked Questions prepared by the City.

COPPEA LogoMembership Meetings

The COPPEA Chapter meets at noon on the first Tuesday of each month.

Aug. 2017 Meeting Notes
June 2017 Meeting Notes
May 2017 Meeting Notes
April 2017 Meeting Notes
March 2017 Meeting Notes
Feb. 2017 Meeting Notes
Jan. 2017 Meeting Notes
Nov. 2016 Meeting Notes
Oct. 2016 Meeting Notes
Aug. 2016 Meeting Notes

Contract Information

Current contract is valid through June 30, 2017.

2013-2017 Contract
2010-2013 Contract

Bargaining will begin in January 2017. Your bargaining team is: Ana Brophy (BES), Paul Cone (BTS), Andrew Neuman (BES), Priscilla Partch (BDS), Sarah Spotts (Water), Rachel Whiteside (BDS), and John Wilson (PBOT).

Alternates are: Peter Hurley (PBOT), Neil Revello (BES), Manish Thakore (BTS), and Jamie Wilde (Water).


Paul Cone
Interim President


Sarah Spotts

Priscilla Partch


Bureau of Environmental Services
Ana Brophy
Andrew Neuman
Stephen Rae
Neil Revello
Janet Strahl

Bureau of Technology Services
Paul Cone
Ed Connolly
Brian Ventura

Bureau of Transportation
Ruthanne Bennett
Raphael Haou
Kylie Thompson
John Wilson

Bureau of Development Services
Lizbeth Dance
Priscilla Partch
Rachel Whiteside

Bureau of Planning & Sustainability
Jeff Caudill

Water Bureau
Jamie Wilde
Sarah Spotts

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

Karen Obana

Bureau of Parks and Recreation
Yoko Silk
Jorge Villavicencio

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