Lane County expands Veterans Services and Land Management services as strike continues

Lane County expands Veterans Services and Land Management services as strike continues
Posted on 10/23/2017
The Lane County Board of Commissioners met in executive session on Sunday, followed by several hours of continued mediation until 12:00 a.m. on Monday morning.

Lane County and AFSCME will continue in mediation this week in an effort to reach an agreement that balances providing competitive wages and benefits with being responsible stewards of taxpayer resources.  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 its offer of the estimated $8.8 million increase in compensation that was authorized to go into effect October 21. 

As of 4:00 p.m. on 10/20/17, 140 (20%) AFSCME members have chosen to return to work.  This has enabled Lane County to restore several services that were impacted by the strike.


SERVICES UPDATE:

Behavioral Health will return to normal business hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday.

Veterans Services will return to normal business hours and offer full walk-in services: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday.

The Land Management Division is now able to offer its customers building permit and land use application consultations during its reduced customer service hours of 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Monday–Friday. 

Parole and Probation will extend its main office lobby hours to 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m., Monday–Friday.

The RiverStone Community Health Center in Springfield has reopened and is offering full adult clinical services Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Methadone Treatment Program group therapy resumed today.


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). 

NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE:

Information regarding the negotiations process is available online at www.lanecounty.org/contractupdates. The implementation contract, which went 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.

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.