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Unity Negotiations: the fourth meeting

Our collective demonstrations of unity and our focus on working together is beginning to become apparent to the employers. We exchanged multiple proposals and counter-proposals during this two-day period. However, we were displeased to receive a counter-proposal suggesting that any dispute regarding reasonableness of a vacation denial must be submitted in writing within 14 calendar days and that HR/Labor Relations … Read more »

Unity Negotiations: the third meeting

union strong fist

This was the third meeting with employers and they offered very minor modifications. They’re still pushing to take away seniority rights, earned vacation rights, and to make it possible for courtesy clerks to check. They brought nothing new to the table that would resolve our primary issue: being able to afford to live in our communities. The next scheduled negotiation … Read more »

Unity Negotiations: the second meeting

Rising fists

Today the employer came to the table, but not much progress was made. They did not address many of our proposals, including staffing issues, hours issues, or economic (wage) issues. Instead, they proposed: • Scheduling you for fewer hours per day and more days per week • Taking away your contractual premium pay during hard-to-fill times (nights and Sundays) • … Read more »

Unity Negotiations: the first day

Here’s the 411 on the first day of Unity Negotiations. This was a big day: the first time our bargaining team met with employers. We came with proposals in hand, developed after many team meetings, time spent reviewing survey results, and much discussion with our fellow members. We told of our struggles trying to make a living with insufficient wages … Read more »

Pride Parade update

Union Pride 2018

Don’t forget to come show your Union Pride and your solidarity with our fellow LGBTQIA brethren at the Portland Pride Parade on Sunday, July 17th. We now have our more detailed information: we are #92 in the lineup, just ahead of the Letter Carriers. Meet on NW Davis between 8th and Park at 10 am if you want to help decorate the bus, … Read more »

Fighting for what’s right

Have you heard of The Poor People’s Campaign? To quote, the PPC is “a national call for moral revival, uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation, and the nation’s distorted morality.” This campaign is a revitalization of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s unfinished vision in … Read more »