COPPEA Clips - July 2014
2.7% COLA Goes Into Effect on July 1
A 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 Member Urges City Council to Approve Transportation User Fee
Paul Cone addresses the Portland City Council on May 29.
Local 17 COPPEA Chapter Secretary/Treasurer Paul Cone testified before the City Council on May 29 in support of the Transportation User Fee. This fee will provide much needed funds for transportation projects throughout the City. Cone, who works as a GIS Technician II at PBOT, said: "A stable and reliable funding stream is crucial for achieving PBOT's mission to plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system."
You can watch the full meeting and testimony on the City's website:https://www.portlandoregon.gov/article/492170. Paul's testimony is at the 1:47:30 mark.
Thanks for Voting 'No' on 26-156!
On May 20, Portland citizens voted overwhelmingly to keep water and sewer services within the control of the City of Portland. The margin of victory was nearly 3:1. This decisive victory means that Portland citizens will not have to worry about a similar ballot measure for years to come, and that hundreds of COPPEA jobs and environmental programs have been saved!
Thank you to those COPPEA Chapter members, friends, and family who committed time and money to the campaign. This victory simply would not have been possible without the grassroots efforts of those volunteers who did everything from posting yard-signs to canvassing neighborhoods in the community.
Right-to-Work Measure Dropped from
Nov. Ballot in Oregon
On Mar. 3, several measures were dropped from the Oregon ballot, including one to make Oregon a Right-to-Work state. Gov. John Kitzhaber had been working with labor and business groups behind closed doors to reach an agreement. This is great news for Local 17 COPPEA Chapter members! Read more in The Oregonian.
COPPEA Chapter VP Appointed to
Local 17 Executive Board
COPPEA 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.
The COPPEA Chapter meets at noon on the first Tuesday of each month. For details on the next meeting, please click here.
Current contract is valid through June 30, 2017.
Bureau of Environmental Services
Bureau of Technology Services
Bureau of Transportation
Gudrun (Goodie) Free
Bureau of Development Services
Bureau of Planning
(Fire, Police, Revenue, BGS, City Attorney’s Office)
Bureau of Parks and Recreation
Aulani (Jeremiah) Johnson
Professional Development Fund