Municipal Government

Oregon State Workers Ratify Contract

August 28, 2015
By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Oregon state workers represented by Service Employees International Union Local 503 have voted overwhelmingly to approve a new four-year contract. The deal, which covers about 20,000 workers, will give them a 1.48% cost-of-living increase this December and a 2.75% raise in December 2016.

It will also raise pay by 6.95% in November 2016, so workers won’t lose income when the state ends a 6% contribution to their pension fund, and they begin making those contributions as pre-tax deductions. Workers also will have to pay a smaller share of health-care costs and gained the Friday after Thanksgiving as a paid day off. Read more

August 27, 2015

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