City of Portland Chapter

Local 17 Union Representative for Portland Members

Rachel Whiteside, 800-783-0017 ext. 113

Preventive Care Initiative Reminder

You have until Dec. 31 to visit your primary care provider for a preventive wellness exam (check-up) to maintain the lowest premium share for the upcoming benefits year. This applies to employees covered by both the City (Moda) and Kaiser plans.

  • If you have received a letter confirming you met the Preventive Care Initiative (PCI) Standard from Moda or Kaiser, there is nothing else you need to do now.
  • If you have recently visited your provider or scheduled your appointment and will see your provider before Dec. 31, 2017, Moda and Kaiser will send you a letter once your claim has been processed.
  • If you are a Kaiser participant, you can logon to your account at: to view your status (after Nov. 1).
  • Moda participants can contact the Member Health Advocate at 855-466-6340 or email with questions or to confirm status.

If you have not already met the Preventive Care Initiative standard and do not have a primary care provider; or was told by your provider’s office an appointment is not available until after Dec. 31, 2017.

The City is offering confidential appointments with a qualified practitioner from Healthy Foundations (Moda) or a medical assistant from Kaiser who will provide a preventive care appointment at nearby worksites.

For more information, instructions on how to schedule an onsite appointment, and a list of appointment dates and locations, please visit the City’s website at:

Contract ratified by City Council;
COLA in Sept. 28 paycheck

On Aug. 30, the tentative agreement approved by the membership was ratified by City Council and became effective immediately. (Above: Local 17's Rachel Whiteside and Amy Bowles that City Council for supporting our members.)

All classifications will receive a 2.2% cost of living adjustment (COLA) effective July 1, 2017. You can expect to receive your COLA (with retro pay) in your paycheck on Sept. 28. All future paychecks should reflect the increased rate.

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!

You can find a copy of the Tentative Agreement and a summary of changes 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.

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.

Do You Know About the Attendance Incentive?

Convert some of your sick leave to vacation leave!

NOTE: Good news! The attendance incentive was increased from 15% to 25% in your 2017-2021 contract! This means that now you can request to convert 25% of your sick leave to vacation if you meet the requirements outlined in this video. (The video was made in 2015 and references the previous amount of 15% that was available for conversion.)

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.

*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.

Membership Meetings

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

Next meeting is on Dec. 5 at 12 p.m. in City Hall - Lovejoy Room.

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

Contract Information

Current contract is valid through June 30, 2021.

2017-2021 Contract
2013-2017 Contract
2010-2013 Contract

Thank you to the bargaining team for their hard work!

Ana Brophy (BES), Paul Cone (BTS), Andrew Neuman (BES), Priscilla Partch (BDS), Sarah Spotts (Water), Rachel Whiteside (BDS), and John Wilson (PBOT). And alternates: 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
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
John Wilson

Bureau of Development Services
Priscilla Partch

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

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

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