Wednesday, March 25, 2015

All Proposals Across the Table

At Tuesday, March 24th's bargaining meeting in ODF's Tillamook Room, State and Union representatives shared the last of our proposals.  This was the last day to do so and no other proposals will be accepted by either side.  Now bargaining begins about the merit of these proposals and interest in persuing thier inclusion in the Contract as an Article or Letter of Agreement.  The next scheduled bargaining meeting is Tuesday, March 31st starting at 5:00 pm in ODF's Tillamook Room located on the Salem Campus.

Forestry specific proposals were made in Article 26, Differential Pay.

Forestry Emergency Medical Training (EMT) Recognition. Employees assigned to firefighting duty who possess and EMT license, shall be paid a differential of five percent (5%) while performing fire line duties.

Forestry Correctional Facility/ Inmate Differential.  Forestry empoyees duty stationed at correctional facilities or assigned to direct the work of inmates shall be paid a ten (10%) differential above their base rate of pay for all hours worked during these assignments.

Fireline Operations Differential.  Employees assigned to Incident Command System Type 1 or Type 2 incidents working within the Operations Section shall be paid a differential for five percent (5%) above their base pay for all hours worked while assigned to the incident.

An employee who possesses and maintains a professional engineer license in civil engineering or forest engineering or a professional land surveyor's license as specified by the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineers and Land Surveyors (OSBEELS) which are directly related to their work assignments as described in their Job Description or as assigned shall recieve a differential of five percent (5%) above their base pay.  Employees whose work requirements do not require those professional licenses to perform thier work requirements are still eligible to be paid th five percent (5%) differential.  Employees in Section 3 Special Qualifications pay (h) and (i) are not eligible for this five (5%) pay increase.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Statewide Meeting and Bargaining Dates

Save Saturday, April 11th for our next Statewide Forestry Local 629 meeting.  We will be meeting at SEIU 503 headquarters in Salem located on Commercial Street from 10am to 3pm.  Tentative agenda items include developing a strategy to move our bargaining proposals, Local 629 business and union updates.  For more information contact any of your Local officers or Mike Bray our SEIU 503 organizer.

One way of advancing our bargaining proposals is to become a member and that has been made easier with this online Membership Application:

If you want to see bargaining in action come to ODF's Administration building on the Salem campus on Tuesday, March 17th at 5:00 pm.  Bargaining proposals have been prepared and will be "handed" across the table.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Forestry Home to ODOT Coalition Bargaining

ODF is hosting bargaining for the ODOT Coalition this year in the Tillamook Room of the Administration Building on the Salem Campus.  Confirmed dates in March are 3, 17 and 31 and perhaps 24.  We will meet beginning at 5:00 pm for dinner and a work session with bargaining beginning usually around 6:00 pm.  Members are invited to see what is happening, and for dinner.