The Press Newspaper
Oregon City Council last Monday approved a three-year collective bargaining agreement with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 755.
The agreement states that there are no wage increases for the first year, and a reopener on wages in the second and third year.
“This is the fourth in our full-time employee collective bargaining agreements that we brought forth this year,” said Administrator Mike Beazley. “It follows the same pattern as the first three.”
The other three agreements the city negotiated earlier this year were for the police command, police patrol, and full-time firefighters, said Beazley.
“And in each case, I want to thank the workforce for recognizing the economic challenges the city faces, and we once again have an agreement that calls for flat wages and status quo,” he said. “AFSCME members have recognized our challenge of decline in revenue from 2009 to 2010. We’re starting to bounce back from that recession a little bit. But we’re also trying to deal with the changes in the state that is going to cost us about $1 million over the next three years in long-term revenue. We have reopeners for the next two years. In each of those cases, we’ll work with our bargaining units to see what condition the city is in at that time and do what’s fair.”
Taxpayers also win, he said, because city services will continue without an increase in costs.
“We feel good about what this accomplished: The maintenance of good strong services without a raise in costs,” he said.
The city expects to meet soon with part-time paid on-call firefighters to negotiate an agreement, said Beazley.
Also at the meeting, council approved establishing a 6,000 pound weight limit on a portion of Groll Drive and Glenross Boulevard to eliminate truck traffic down those roads.
“This is simply a road limit placed on these two streets between Woodville and Drouillard roads because there were some trucks using those streets as a cut-through,” said Mayor Mike Seferian. “Originally, the people from Groll expressed concern. But [Public Service Director] Paul Roman knew if we just put it on Groll, they would simply use Glenross, then those people would be upset, also. It’s not that much of a cut-through. I don’t see it creating that big of a difference in time for the people that are driving through there with the trucks. I thought it is a reasonable request for Roman to try and suit these people’s needs in those two respective crossroads.”