City of Portland - COPPEA Chapter

Local 17 Union Representatives for COPPEA Members

Amy Bowles, 800-783-0017 ext. 118

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.

Why are Local 17 dues changing from a flat rate to a percentage?

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.

$15 Now PDX Campaign

Local 17 has joined a diverse coalition of community and labor groups to encourage the City of Portland to support a $15 living wage throughout the city. Local 17 has also made a $500 contribution to the campaign.

$15 NOW PDX will have many community events in the coming months, including a rally scheduled for Jan. 24 in Salem just before the start of the legislative session. There will also be a City Council Hearing on Feb. 18 at 2p.m. at City Hall. Have your voice heard -- sign up to speak!

For more information on how you can be involved in the $15 NOW PDX campaign, please visit:

Leadership Summit

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

2.7% COLA Goes Into Effect on July 1

COLAA 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 VP Appointed to
Local 17 Executive Board

Rachel WhitesideCOPPEA 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.

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.

Dec. 2014 Meeting Notes
Nov. 2014 Meeting Notes

Oct. 2014 Meeting Notes
Sept. 2014 Meeting Notes
June 2014 Meeting Notes

Contract Information

Current contract is valid through June 30, 2017.

2013-2017 Contract
2010-2013 Contract


Gerry Verhoef

Rachel Whiteside

Katharine Enriques

Paul Cone


Bureau of Environmental Services
Angie Tomlinson
Ana Brophy
Andrew Neuman
John Wilson
Stephen Rae

Bureau of Technology Services
Keith Holland
Brian Ventura
Katherine Enriques

Bureau of Transportation
Ruthanne Bennett
John Wood
Cate Perry
Gudrun (Goodie) Utz

Bureau of Development Services
Lizbeth Dance
Priscilla Partch

Bureau of Planning
Tyler Bump

Water Bureau
Jamie Wilde
Mia Sabanovic
Stephen Ngai

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

Karen Obana

Bureau of Parks and Recreation
Aulani (Jeremiah) Johnson

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