State of Oregon Afscme Contract

The State of Oregon and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) have recently come to a new contract agreement. This agreement covers over 30,000 state employees and will have a significant impact on the state`s budget and workforce.

One of the most notable changes in the new contract is wage increases. Over the next two years, employees will see a 2% increase in their wages in addition to annual step increases. This is a significant win for AFSCME, which had been pushing for higher wages in previous negotiations.

Another key aspect of the contract is the expansion of paid parental leave. State employees will now be entitled to 12 weeks of paid leave for the birth, adoption, or foster placement of a child. This provides state employees with a valuable benefit that can help support their families during important life transitions.

Additionally, the contract includes improved health and dental benefits, as well as better working conditions for employees in certain classifications. For example, language has been added to the contract to ensure that correctional officers have access to necessary protective equipment and tools.

The negotiations for this contract were not without their challenges. One of the most significant issues was around funding for the wage increases and benefits. The state of Oregon has been grappling with a budget deficit, and AFSCME was pushing for a larger increase than what the state initially proposed.

In the end, the two parties were able to reach an agreement that balances the needs of state employees with the state`s fiscal situation. The contract is set to be in effect through June 2023.

Overall, the new AFSCME contract represents a significant step forward for state employees in Oregon. With increased wages, improved benefits, and better working conditions, these employees can feel supported and valued in their roles. And with a contract in place that both the state and AFSCME can agree on, there is a greater sense of stability and security for everyone involved.

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