Lane County and AFSCME reach tentative contract agreements; strike over

Lane County and AFSCME reach tentative contract agreements; strike over
Posted on 10/24/2017
Tentative contract agreements have been reached between Lane County and its largest employee union, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), after nearly eight months of negotiations. 

As a result, AFSCME has ended the strike; AFSCME members will return to work on Wednesday, October 25, and County services will build up to normal levels throughout the day.

“We are pleased an agreement has been reached that demonstrates respect for our workers and our community,” said Lane County Administrator Steve Mokrohisky. “We look forward to welcoming our coworkers back and continuing to provide high-quality services that improve the health, safety and vitality of our community.”

The tentative contract agreements must be ratified by a vote of AFSCME members, followed by a vote of the Lane County Board of Commissioners, before they can take effect.

The tentative, three-year agreements for the AFSCME General Unit and the AFSCME Nurses Unit include:
  • A memorandum of understanding (MOU) that creates a process to conduct market reviews and potential recommendations for market adjustments between active negotiation years.
  • An MOU that expands a joint Lane County and AFSCME labor management committee to review the use of part-time positions in both AFSCME units. 
  • An MOU for a one-time payment of $100,000 to be distributed by AFSCME among employees to help defray employee costs.

The tentative, three-year agreements also include the terms of the implementation contract authorized by the Board of Commissioners on October 17: 
  • a 2 percent cost of living adjustment (COLA) each year for three years for all members; 
  • market adjustments for 63 percent of AFSCME members; 
  • for the first time, AFSCME members will begin contributing a maximum of $50 per month (pre-tax) toward family health insurance coverage after a $20 monthly credit for participating in a free, annual health screening; and 
  • dental hygienists currently in temporary positions will move to part-time status. This change means they will no longer need to reapply for their positions each year and will be eligible for employee-only health insurance. Health insurance premium payments will begin on July 1, 2018.