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.
COPPEA Clips -- Summer 2016 Issue
COPPEA Chapter Ice Cream Social - July 13!
Please note, there will be no monthly membership meeting in July (generally scheduled for the first Tuesday of the month).
Instead, mark your calendar for the COPPEA Chapter Ice Cream Social on July 13 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Terry Schrunk Plaza (across from City Hall) in the brick-tiered seating area.
The next membership meeting will be held on Tues., Aug. 2 from 12-1 p.m.
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.
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.
June 2016 Meeting Notes
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June 2015 Meeting Notes
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Current contract is valid through June 30, 2017.
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