July 2012

News you can use: Highlights from July Labor/Management Meeting

Highlights from 7/18/12 Statewide Labor/Management Meeting

Below is a summary of highlights from the bi-monthly SEIU 503 Local 200 meeting that I attended in Salem on 7/18/12. The morning was devoted to labor issues. In the afternoon we were joined by management for a joint labor/management meeting.

These issues will be discussed in detail in our monthly union meetings. If you have questions or comments, please contact your worksite leader or steward.

Schedule Adjustment (so called Flex Time)

Issues related to adjusting your work schedule were discussed. View handout at: http://local219.seiu503.org/files/2012/07/Schedule-adjustment.pdf

Step Increases

On August 1, 2012 steps resume – on your next Salary Eligibility Date (SED) – for those who are not topped out. (If you do not know your SED, please contact Human Resources or Payroll).  View handout at: http://local219.seiu503.org/files/2012/07/Step-increases-2011-2013.pdf

Step – slide

For those where were caught in the step-slide situation in our previous contract, you can get the latest information at: http://www.seiu503.org/files/2012/07/letter-to-Gov-re-step-slide-issues.pdf

 Reserving vacation time while using intermittent OFLA/FMLA protection

Contract Article 56, Section 9 permits employees to retain up to 40 hours of vacation time while on OFLA/FMLA leave.  Management has notified SEIU 503 that they will not honor the contract for workers on intermittent leave; SEIU will potentially file an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP).

If you request to save vacation time on your OFLA/FMLA form, and are denied, please contact your steward ASAP.

View handout at: http://local219.seiu503.org/files/2012/07/Saving-VA-on-OFLA-FMLA.pdf

Statewide Safety Committee

Labor and management have been trying to establish a statewide safety committee. Labor has selected committee members (the SL219 labor reps are Stewards James Burke and Carol Dobrovonly). The deadline to select management representatives has been extended to July 24, 2012.


In order to convey confidential and sensitive information, it is very important that we have the ability to contact you outside of the state email system. (SL219 will be soon rolling out a campaign to collect home email addresses and conducting a survey on the most effective communication methods for our worksite.)

Stewards Council

Local 200 is establishing a Stewards Council so that we can discuss and plan actions around issues of common interest.

 Bargaining Conference

The first Bargaining Conference will be held in Salem on Saturday, September 22. All members are strongly encouraged to attend. Save the date and stay tuned for additional details.

Morale Committee

A bi-monthly statewide labor/management Morale Committee has been established. The committee is developing a survey; information will be published as soon as it is available. (SL219 Steward Ben Maynard is on this committee.)

 Documenting workplace issues

If a concerning worksite issue occurs, it is critical that you document it! Often stewards don’t hear from members until a situation becomes critical. To build an effective case and negotiate a mutually satisfactory resolution, we need documentation as soon as the problem starts.

Weingarten rights

If you are called to a meeting (or are already in a meeting) and you think, feel or believe that the questions you are asked could lead to discipline, you are entitled to have a steward present.  For more on Weingarten rights go to: http://local219.seiu503.org/?page_id=169

 Dress code

There is no dress code. “Clean and covered” is the rule.  Please dress appropriately for your job. Report any attempt to implement a work unit dress code to your steward.

In solidarity and health,

LeeLa Coleman


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