HOUSING AND COMMUNITY

SERVICES AGENCY

February 22, 2006

9:00 a.m.

Commissioners' Conference Room

APPROVED 4/5/06

 

Commissioner Bill Dwyer presided with Commissioners Bobby Green, Sr., Hugh Massengill, Barbara Moorehouse, Anna Morrison, Peter Sorenson and Faye Stewart present.County Administrator Bill Van Vactor, County Counsel Teresa Wilson and Recording Secretary Melissa Zimmer were also present.

 

1. PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

Robbie Ellis, Eugene, reported she is currently the Second V.P. for Local 3267 and she was a member of the bargaining committee for the contract.She said on behalf of the bargaining team, they support the contract and they think it was a big improvement and wanted to see it enacted.She added that it was a fair contract.

 

C.J. Mann, Springfield, stated that she is the current AFSCME Local 3267 President and a member of the bargaining team.She commented that the 63 members of their local have different styles of dealing with their work.She added that some opinions were more vocal than others. She noted that stress, tension and burnout overburdened the workers.She commented that despite their frustration, they manage to be one of the highest performing housing authorities in the region.She noted the members of their locals had gone without a cost-of-living raise for the past four years and had suffered increased out-of-pocket expenses to their health care.She commented that some members thought they were being disrespected when they see their personal financial situation eroded with each contract.She said they do the work that gets done for Section 8 to receive a perfect score with HUD and public housing performance standards. She noted that some members wanted a tangible reward for the work that gets done in the community to prevent homelessness.She said some thought this contact was not too much to expect, much desired and long overdue.

 

2. COMMISSIONERS' REMONSTRANCE

 

None.

 

3. REGULAR BUSINESS

 

a. RESOLUTION AND ORDER 06-2-22-1H/In the Matter of Adopting and Ratifying the Collective Bargaining Agreement with AFSCME Local 3267 and Approving a One-Time Bonus of $1,000 for All Bargaining Unit Personnel and a One-Time 2.5% Bonus for All Excluded Personnel.

 

Don Williams, HACSA, commented that if they had more money, the first thing they would do was give a COLA.He said they are long past overdue but they do not have the resources to do it.He said they had bargained with the unit and came up with a fair and equitable solution.He noted on January 12, a 2.5% across-the-board bonus was voted down by the unit.He noted some members of the unit thought that it would not compensate the people at the lower end of the economic scale as much as at the upper end.He said they came back with a proposal to change it to a flat $1,000 and they agreed to that.He added at the same time, Chris Todis, HACSA, had spoken with his managers and told them they were settling at the 2.5%.He noted the board order is to affirm what they did: one, for the collective bargaining unit to provide them with $1,000 representing a greater than 2.5% bonus, and a 2.5% bonus for the management team.He added it is a three-year contract with an annual wage re-opener.He said if they find money, they would be interested in compensating them for a COLA.He noted the changes included increases in health insurance deductibles from $75 to $125 and prescription deductible from zero to $100.He said even though they couldnít find money for a COLA, they were able not to erode the benefit package, as that was important to the unit.He noted they voted on February 9 and the contract was overwhelmingly ratified.He asked the Board to support this.

 

MOTION: to approve RESOLUTION AND ORDER 06-2-22-1H.

 

Morrison MOVED, Massengill SECONDED.

 

Sorenson wanted to separate the part of the board order that deals with the approval of the collective bargaining agreement and take up the matter of the excluded personnel.

 

Williams recalled that they have always brought them jointly in a board order.

 

MOTION: to amend the motion to separate the issues.

 

Sorenson MOVED, Dwyer SECONDED.

 

Dwyer indicated the issue before the Board is the issue of separating the agreements.He said the amended motion is to separate the collective bargaining of $1,000 from the incidental employee of 2.5%.

 

Moorehouse asked why a promise was made to the management team by Todis before they went into bargaining.

 

Williams explained they had reached the agreement of a 2.5% bonus for the bargaining unit.He said they had traditionally treated the managers the same as they had treated the collective bargaining unit.He said Todis met with the managers to indicate they had reached agreement with the unit at 2.5%.He said they had never had an agreement at the table not supported by the unit ever voted down.He said Todis didnít have a reason to think that what was agreed at the table would be voted down.He added they went back to the table later and at that point the unit made tweaks, including converting the 2.5% to $1,000 that represented greater than the 2.5% increase.He said that Todis thought it was important to show good faith and let the unit choose how they wanted to distribute their money and he agreed to that.He noted they were bargaining for the unit, not for the managers.He indicated that there was a small group of people who were upset about this issue and others, but it was not the majority or the will of the group. He spoke with all of the members they bargained with.He said their unit needs more money, but there is no money to give.

 

Green did not agree to separate the orders and was against supporting the amended motion.

 

VOTE: 3-4 (MOTION FAILED).

 

(Vote on main motion:)

 

Stewart indicated that the union and management supported this.He indicated the employees were getting a higher percentage bonus than the management team.He supported the motion.

 

VOTE: 7-0.

 

b. RESOLUTION AND ORDER 06-2-22-2H/In the Matter of Amending the Agency's Personnel Policy to Include Changes Made to the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

 

Williams explained that this was a housekeeping measure.He said it allows the excluded members to have the portions modified within their personnel rules.

 

MOTION: to approve ORDER 06-2-22-H.

 

Morrison MOVED, Massengill SECONDED.

 

VOTE: 7-0.

 

4. EXECUTIVE SESSION as per ORS 192.660

 

None.

 

There being no further business, Commissioner Dwyer adjourned the meeting at 9:23 a.m.

 

 

Melissa Zimmer

Recording Secretary