April 2017 News

  • Legislation-PERS: all of the bills that have been proposed are still in the Workforce Committee.  They are hoping to wrap up the committee by mid-April to move forward for a vote.  Currently the Senate Bills 559 and 560 are the most focused ones, they could reduce all state employees retirement benefits.  I will be sending a PERS info email that give a brief description on what impacts they could have if passed
  • ODFW Legislation: Curt Melcher gave us an update at LMC in March. The 2017 legislative session for ODFW has been relatively quiet and financially ODFW is in a good place compared to the previous. The ODFW Ways and Means presentation is scheduled for March 27th through 29th. The first two days are for staff presentation and the last day will be for public testimony. The Alternative Task Force completed their recommendations. House Bill 3270 was introduced by Representative Ken Helm to establish the Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund, the legislation will ask Oregon voters to approve a beverage surcharge as the source of revenue. Since this measure relates to a tax, it will require a three-fifth vote by the legislature to be referred to the ballot. If approved, it will be on the November 2018 ballot.
  • US Army Corp of Engineers: You should have seen the all staff email that Roxie (HR) sent.  Good news for most of the hatcheries. Additionally we heard that Fish Health and Fish Marking and Tagging will be sole sourced. The agency is working with the Corps on Willamette Monitoring and Evaluation Services which they were told need to go out for competitive bid.  The agency is also pursuing possible transfer of Leaburg to State ownership. Leaburg hatchery has a couple permanent employees that we are meeting with to let them know their options if the hatchery does shut down permanently.
  • Bargaining Update: Hopefully you read my email I sent on 3/24 that had the latest summary of bargaining.  Nothing has changed as of that date.


Our Union Proposal Management’s Proposal to Us
Cost-of-living raises

July 1, 2017 — 2.5 to 4% based on consumer price index (CPI)

July 1, 2018 — 2.5 to 4% based on consumer price index (CPI)

No cost living increase in either year of contract
Steps Steps in each year of the contract Steps in each year of the contract
Health Insurance Maintain current plan:
1% premium share for lower cost plans
5% premium share for costlier plans
Establish 7% premium share for costlier plans
Longevity Reward employees who are “topped out” None
Salary Floor Minimum monthly salary of $2600/mo None


We will have a meeting/conference call in May. Currently scheduled for Tuesday, May, 9.

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