Lane County AFSCME strike and negotiations update

Lane County AFSCME strike and negotiations update
Posted on 10/18/2017
Lane County remains committed to reaching an agreement with AFSCME that balances providing competitive wages and benefits with being responsible stewards of taxpayer resources.

Today at 6:00 a.m., AFSCME members began to strike. Lane County is working to maintain the highest level of service delivery possible for our community during a strike. We want our community to know that we are planning carefully in order to minimize the impact to the many people who rely on our services.  

Lane County will also continue to negotiate with AFSCME leaders during the strike in an effort to reach a resolution quickly.

STRIKE UPDATE:

Please visit www.lanecounty.org for a list of service changes occurring during the AFSCME employees strike. It will be updated regularly.

Community members with questions about affected services are encouraged to call the hotline at 541-682-3977. The hotline is open between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday–Friday, until the strike ends. Regular updates and information will also be provided on Twitter (@LaneCountyGov). 

As of 10:30 a.m., 114 AFSCME employees have reported to work.

NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE:

Lane County has been negotiating with AFSCME since March 1, 2017 and engaged in mediation in the weeks leading up to the strike. This week, Lane County met in mediation from 9:00 a.m. on October 16 to 1:00 a.m. on October 17 and again from 2:00 p.m. on October 17 to 7:00 a.m. on October 18. 

At 10:00 p.m. on October 17, Lane County made an enhanced offer to both AFSCME units that was an increase from the implementation contract approved by the Board of County Commissioners on October 17. Shortly after 6:30 a.m. on October 18, AFSCME rejected the enhanced offers and countered with a proposal that is beyond the County’s financial means.

Lane County will continue the mediation process with AFSCME leaders on Friday, October 20. 

Information regarding the implementation contract is available online at http://bit.ly/2kYN0OQ. The implementation contract, which goes into effect on October 21, is an $8.8 million increase over current wage and benefits for AFSCME members over the three-year period of the contract.

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.