City of Portland - COPPEA Chapter

Local 17 Union Representatives for COPPEA Members

Amy Bowles, 800-783-0017 ext. 118

Right-to-Work backers remove initiative from Oregon ballot this fall

The anti-worker initiatives proposed by out-of-state corporate interests for the November 2016 ballot have been pulled after backers realized they would not have enough support to win. This is a big victory for working families! You can read more about the story in this article from The Oregonian.

2016 COLA in July paycheck

Your cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) is 1% for the next fiscal year. It will be reflected in the first paycheck after July 1.

Because your 2013-17 contract bargained a COLA floor, or minimum, the COLA was locked-in at 1%, even though the calculation according to the CPI would have been 0.3% for this year. The Human Resources webpage will be updated in a few weeks with the 2016-17 Compensation Plan (which includes the adjusted COLA), or you can check out the link below.

2016-17 Schedule B Pay Rates

Paid Parental Leave starts Jan. 1!

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.

Expand Your Work Skills! Apply for a grant from the Professional Development Fund!

Did you know that per your contract, the City of Portland is providing $150,000 this fiscal year -- between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017 -- to the COPPEA Chapter for professional development?

It's true! Local 17 COPPEA Chapter members can apply for funds to take classes, buy textbooks, or attend conferences and trainings related to their work at the City. Funds go fast, so apply as soon as you have the details on your program!

You can find the application on the City of Portland webpage.

Do You Know About the Attendance Incentive?

Convert some of your sick leave to vacation leave!

Check out this 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.

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.

Aug. 2016 Meeting Notes
June 2016 Meeting Notes
April 2016 Meeting Notes
March 2016 Meeting Notes
Feb. 2016 Meeting Notes
Jan. 2016 Meeting Notes
Dec. 2015 Meeting Notes
Nov. 2015 Meeting Notes
Oct. 2015 Meeting Notes
Sept. 2015 Meeting Notes

Contract Information

Current contract is valid through June 30, 2017.

2013-2017 Contract
2010-2013 Contract


Rachel Whiteside

Paul Cone

Sarah Spotts

Priscilla Partch


Bureau of Environmental Services
Ana Brophy
Andrew Neuman
Stephen Rae

Bureau of Technology Services
Paul Cone
Ed Connolly
Brian Ventura

Bureau of Transportation
Ruthanne Bennett
Cate Perry
Michael Trabacca
Gudrun (Goodie) Utz
John Wilson

Bureau of Development Services
Lizbeth Dance
Priscilla Partch
Rachel Whiteside

Bureau of Planning
Tyler Bump

Water Bureau
Patrick Bardel
Jamie Wilde
Mia Sabanovic
Sarah Spotts

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

Karen Obana

Bureau of Parks and Recreation
Gerry Verhoef

Summer 2016
May 2016
December 2015
September 2015
February 2015
July 2014

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