Statewide Meeting Notes 5/16/15

We reviewed the treasury report. We have a good bit of money and should find good ways to use it.

Motion was made to spend money on mugs, water bottles and bandanna’s for NEOs and existing employees. NTE $4000 was approved against a guess of $3000 for 200 mugs, 200 water bottles and 200 bandanna’s.
Melissa sent an email to SEIU personnel asking for a quote, Eric will follow up.

Bargaining update from central table given by Noel, noted the items that have been TA’d thus far and the bad position the state is taking re. PEBB costs. Jill noted that the facts of this position are not being clearly communicated in the emails. Noel will propose to C.T. that we send out a single statewide email noting that:
1) We improved out health and that lowered costs
2) Some in the state legislature are now trying to steal the extra money generated by #1 for other uses
3) The state proposed “shared risk” two years ago and is now asking for “no state risk” if increases occur.

On the ODFW Budget in the legislature. We testified in favor of Senate Bill 247 (Fee increase) and most of the testimony that day was in favor of it. The union position is that ODFW needs money to operate, without ODFW the state faced a bleak future, and that SB 247 is one component of a strategy to adequately fund ODFW.

With regard to management training we resolved to find the older list of articles management should be aware of and incorporate changes to the contract after this bargaining session/strike. We can then offer that to ELT as “updates and issues training”.

Stewards report included some discussion of how to enable our stewards to be more connected and active. The meeting that we hold before each general membership phone call will be refocused on steward activity and stewards will be encouraged to join. Also we’ll try to put up some “steward stories” on our web page detailing the experience of people that stewards were able to help. We will also be sending some helpful literature to our stewards, but that was decided after the statewide meeting.

Membership percentage is up to 57% which is a good increase. More needs to be done with the coming Aboud supreme court decision.

General discussion was had throughout the meeting so we skipped the final discussion from the floor and proceeded to review open ODFW proposals for priority. The proposals chosen for priority were 1) CDL differential 2) OSCRP Work Scheduling 3) Host retention length LOA and 4) Hours beyond 13 requirement.

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