Lane County remains firm at $8.8 million compensation increase

Lane County remains firm at $8.8 million compensation increase
Posted on 10/20/2017
After nearly 8 months of attempting to reach a new contract agreement between Lane County and its largest employee union, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Lane County remains resolute in the offer of the estimated $8.8 million increase in compensation that was authorized to go into effect October 21st.  

“We have been actively negotiating since March and, from that time until now, our commitment has been to present a contract which meets the needs of our AFSCME members and Lane County’s ability to sustain the invaluable services our community depends on,” said Lane County Commissioner Sid Leiken. “There are very finite resources at our disposal to resolve this situation. Unfortunately, the resolution that AFSCME has demanded would require resources that simply aren’t available and would necessitate the county to identify new revenue streams.”

After a full day of mediation and a thorough review of all resources and options available to the County, the County’s decision to remain firm was communicated to AFSCME leaders. 

This decision is a result of Lane County’s commitment to balance our ability to sustainably provide services that ensure the health and well-being of our community. These goals can only be accomplished simultaneously with careful consideration for the needs and interests of all parties involved, including those of Lane County taxpayers. Providing all Lane County employees access to family wage compensation and affordable health care coverage remains a priority.

“We are eager to have our entire team back at the county and providing those services,” added Leiken.