City of Portland - COPPEA Chapter

Local 17 Union Representatives for COPPEA Members

Amy Bowles, 800-783-0017 ext. 118

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:

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

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.

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
Aug. 2015 Meeting Notes
June 2015 Meeting Notes
May 2015 Meeting Notes

Contract Information

Current contract is valid through June 30, 2017.

2013-2017 Contract
2010-2013 Contract


Rachel Whiteside

Paul Cone


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
Stephen Ngai
Sarah Spotts

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

Karen Obana

Bureau of Parks and Recreation
Gerry Verhoef

December 2015
September 2015
February 2015
July 2014

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