Lane County considers implementation of an AFSCME contract

Lane County considers implementation of an AFSCME contract
Posted on 10/16/2017
On October 17, the Board of County Commissioners will consider authorizing implementation of a three-year contract that represents an $8.8 million increase over current compensation for the 692 employees represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). The proposed implementation contract is an increase from the County’s September 15 final offer.





Under the proposed implementation contract, each AFSCME employee would see an increase in compensation annually over the course of the three-year contract. For example:
  • Office Assistant 2: An Office Assistant 2 at the starting wage currently makes $30,638 annually. At the end of Year 1 of the County’s proposed implementation offer, that employee's annual salary would be an additional $2,565 per year (8 percent increase). At the end of Year 2, that employee's annual salary would be an additional $1,898 over the first year (a 6 percent increase). At the end of Year 3, that employee's annual salary would be an additional $2,026 over the second year (a 6 percent increase). In total, the employee's annual salary would be an additional $6,489 (a 21 percent increase) over the three-year contract and end with an annual salary of $37,127.
  • Mental Health Specialist 2: A Mental Health Specialist 2 at the starting wage currently makes $44,346 annually. At the end of Year 1 of the County’s proposed implementation offer, that employee's annual salary would be an additional $6,191per year (14 percent increase). At the end of Year 2, that employee's annual salary would be an additional $2,829 over the first year (a 6 percent increase). At the end of Year 3, that employee's annual salary would be an additional $3,120 over the second year (a 6 percent increase). In total, the employee's annual salary would be an additional $12,140 (a 27 percent increase) over the three-year contract and end with an annual salary of $56,485.
  • Community Health Nurse 2: A Community Health Nurse 2 at the starting wage currently makes $54,766 annually. At the end of Year 1 of the County’s proposed implementation offer, that employee's annual salary would be an additional $6,102 per year (11 percent increase). At the end of Year 2, that employee's annual salary would be an additional $3,490 over the first year (a 6 percent increase). At the end of Year 3, that employee's annual salary would be an additional $3,759 over the second year (a 6 percent increase). In total, the employee's annual salary would be an additional $13,351 (a 24 percent increase) over the three-year contract and end with an annual salary of $68,118.
  • Juvenile Justice Cook: A Juvenile Justice Cook at the starting wage currently makes $24,423 annually, which is the lowest starting wage of any AFSCME employee. At the end of Year 1 of the County’s proposed implementation offer, that employee's annual salary would be an additional $1,360 per year (6 percent increase). At the end of Year 2, that employee's annual salary would be an additional $1,535 over the first year (a 6 percent increase). At the end of Year 3, that employee's annual salary would be an additional $1,564 over the second year (a 6 percent increase). In total, the employee's annual salary would be an additional $4,459 (an 18 percent increase) over the three-year contract and end with an annual salary of $28,982.

The compensation increases for each AFSCME classification under the County’s proposed implementation contract are available online at http://bit.ly/2zaks7i (General Unit) and http://bit.ly/2gceUla (Nurses Unit). Instructions for understanding the spreadsheets are available at http://bit.ly/2yrYwHl

Dental hygienists, in addition to overall compensation increases, would also move from being considered temporary employees to part-time employees. This change means they would no longer need to reapply for their positions each year and would be eligible for employee-only health insurance.

The proposed implementation contract also includes, for the first time, AFSCME employees paying monthly premiums for health insurance benefits. Currently, ASCME employees pay no monthly premiums. The maximum rate for family coverage would be $50 per month (pre-tax) after a $20 per month credit for employees who complete a free, annual health screening. For plans that include office visit co-pays, the co-pay would be increased by $10 to $35. Lane County’s other 475 represented employees have already agreed to the same plans and monthly premiums.

For more information about the labor negotiations process, visit www.lanecounty.org/contractupdates.

Background:

Lane County has been working with AFSCME leaders since March 1 to come to an agreement on updated terms for a three-year contract (2017-2020). The County has made a proposal that is similar to contracts already accepted by five other employee labor organizations at Lane County. 

While Lane County is committed to reaching an agreement that balances providing competitive wages and benefits with being responsible stewards of taxpayer resources, it is also actively preparing for a strike.