Lane County reopens several services as employees return to work

Lane County reopens several services as employees return to work
Posted on 10/20/2017

Lane County and AFSCME will continue in mediation today at 9:00 a.m. in effort to reach an agreement that balances providing competitive wages and benefits with being responsible stewards of taxpayer resources.  This session comes on the heels of two lengthy mediation meetings earlier this week that lasted 16 and 17 hours each.

 

As of 4:00 p.m. on October 19, 137 (20%) AFSCME members have chosen to return to work. Of those, 62 percent are non-probationary employees. This has enabled Lane County to restore several services that were impacted by the strike.

 

SERVICES UPDATE:

 

The RiverStone Community Health Center in Springfield will reopen and operate Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

Behavioral Health group therapy will resume on
October 20, 2017.

 

Methadone Treatment Program group therapy will resume on October 23, 2017.

 

Environmental Health will be resuming inspections on October 20, 2017.

 

Lane County Special Waste will begin setting appointments for hazardous waste disposal.

 

The Glenwood Transfer Station has increased its hours to better accommodate customers. The new hours for the duration of the strike are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday-Saturday.

 

Click here for a list of service changes occurring during the AFSCME members' 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).

 

NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE:

 

Information regarding the implementation contract is available online at www.lanecounty.org/contractupdates. The implementation contract, which goes into effect on October 21, is an estimated $8.8 million increase over current wage and benefits for AFSCME members over the three-year period of the contract.