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Deal Reached Between Lane County And AFSCME, Ending Strike

Brian Bull

A deal reached last night  has ended a week-long strike by hundreds of Lane County workers.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, both sides seem mostly satisfied with the new three-year contract.

The deal ends eight months of negotiations between AFSCME and Lane County.  Administrator Steve Mokrohisky says the agreement is consistent with those approved by five other bargaining units, which had been one of their primary goals.

"It includes a 2 percent annual cost of living increase for each of three years," says Mokrohisky.  "It also includes market adjustments for approximately 63 percent of the classifications.” 

The deal also gives a one-time payment of $100,000 to AFSCME to help lower-wage members manage payments towards health insurance premiums. Those begin in July 2018, six months later than the county proposed.   

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An AFSCME member combines activism with a holiday theme outside the Lane County Administration building October 23, 2017.

AFSCME President LaRece Rivera says she’s happy the strike is over, and believes overall union membership will ratify the deal.  However…

“…the county is not willing to pay our nurses and the members in the nursing unit the fair and equitable wage that they deserve," she tells KLCC. 

"And they may not reach a tentative agreement, and I’m concerned that about a third of that workforce will leave the county.” 

The Lane County Board of Commissioners are expected to vote on the deal at their next meeting October 31st

Copyright 2017, KLCC. 

Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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