COPPEA Clips - May 2016
Will your contract be enforced in the future?
What you need to know!
Come to one of the trainings below to learn about external threats to your contract and your workplace!
Tues., May 17, 12-1 p.m.
Kelly Butte Conference Room, Interstate
Wed., May 18, 12-1 p.m.
Portland Building, Fir Creek Room
VOTE YES! Fix Our Streets
Vote YES for the Fix Our Streets initiative on May 17th!
This funding mechanism will stabilize Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) revenue and open up revenue streams for other general fund bureaus. It's a win-win for Labor and for all Local 17 COPPEA Chapter members! It will also create additional Local 17 positions within PBOT.
To learn more, visit: www.fixourstreetsportland.com
Voluntary Retirement Incentive Program
Local 17 has authorized member participation in the City of Portland's Voluntary Retirement Incentive Program (VRIP). This program gives bureaus the option to approve a city-paid contribution of $15,000 into a Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) for retirement eligible employees who agree to voluntarily separate from city service through retirement. You can read more about the program and it's relation to a City ordinance passed on January 20 on the VRIP page on the City of Portland website.
To be eligible for the VRIP, you must:
- be a regular employee with at least 5 years of service with the City;
- be eligible for retirement under PERS, OSPRP, or FPDR; and
- terminate employment on or before June 30, 2016.
Don’t forget - if you are interested in the VRIP, you must submit your application form to your Bureau’s HR Business Partner no later than March 31, 2016!
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.
Why are my dues changing in 2016?
Check out our frequently asked questions for an answer to this question and other dues-related questions. Contact your Union Representative, Amy Bowles, if you have any questions.
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, 2015 and June 30, 2016 -- 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.
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
The COPPEA Chapter meets at noon on the first Tuesday of each month. For details on the next meeting, please click here.
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Current contract is valid through June 30, 2017.
Bureau of Environmental Services
Bureau of Technology Services
Bureau of Transportation
Gudrun (Goodie) Utz
Bureau of Development Services
Bureau of Planning
(Fire, Police, Revenue, BGS, City Attorney’s Office)
Bureau of Parks and Recreation
Professional Development Fund