Lane County Vital Records reopens as labor negotiations continue

Lane County Vital Records reopens as labor negotiations continue
Posted on 10/24/2017
Lane County remains committed to reaching an agreement with AFSCME that balances providing competitive wages and benefits with being responsible stewards of taxpayer resources.

As of 4:00 p.m. on October 23, 152 (22%) AFSCME members have reported to work.  This has allowed Lane County to restore many services that were impacted by the strike.

SERVICE UPDATES:


Vital Records will be reopening.  Community members no longer need to go through the state for birth records for infants born in the last 6 months.  Certificates for deaths occurring in Lane County within the previous 6 months can also be obtained at Vital Records Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Please visit www.lanecounty.org 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 3:00 p.m., Monday–Friday, until the strike ends. Regular updates and information will also be provided on Twitter (@LaneCountyGov). 


NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE:


Lane County’s negotiation team met throughout the weekend.  On Sunday, the County made an enhanced offer to AFSCME around 5:00 p.m. At midnight, AFSCME countered with a proposal that contained cost increases beyond the County’s financial means, as well as contract language changes. The mediation session concluded near 1:00 a.m. 

The County is currently evaluating AFSCME’s most recent counterproposal, looking closely at the proposed language changes to determine what may be feasible to incorporate into a tentative agreement and seeking clarification from AFSCME leaders when necessary. We look forward to continuing our discussions with AFSCME leadership in another formal mediation session on Wednesday.

Information regarding the implementation contract is available online at www.lanecounty.org/contractupdates. The implementation contract, which went into effect on October 21, is an $8.8 million increase over current wages 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.