Let’s Talk About Management Leave

Let’s Talk About Management Leave

Management Leave is a City policy (HRAR 8.03) that grants up to 80 hours additional paid leave per calendar year to non-reps “who are not eligible for overtime compensation” with the intent to “recognize exceptional additional individual efforts, performance and achievements, including but not limited to beyond the standard workweek”.

We have heard from a number of you who are concerned that, should we unionize, you will lose your management leave benefit. We hear you. And we agree that management leave is wonderful to receive!

But did you know that some non-reps – including high-performers and those working plenty of extra hours – have never received management leave? Many have never even heard of it! Only a lucky few routinely get the maximum 80 hours (though that is becoming rarer by the year). We don’t think that’s fair, and we are confident we can do better.

By joining together as an 800-strong collective bargaining unit, we provide ourselves with choices.

For example, in lieu of management leave, we might choose to negotiate for overtime pay. We may also choose to negotiate for higher paid time off accruals. Or, we could choose to negotiate for a “new and improved” management leave benefit – perhaps with some checks and balances and clear award criteria – that gives all employees an equal opportunity to benefit from the program.

Many City professionals, including Accountants, Engineers, and Business Systems Analysts, have already negotiated for overtime pay at time and a half. They also chose to bank up to 80 hours of that overtime pay as “comp” time. All of your represented colleagues at the City also receive a guaranteed annual raise (“step increase”) that gets them to the top of their pay scale within a reasonable time frame, as well as a guaranteed cost of living adjustment. As a non-rep, there are no guarantees. As recent history has shown, your management leave, merit increase, cost of living adjustment, and other benefits can be cut, capped, or eliminated at any time.

Most importantly, it’s not an “either/or” decision between unionizing or management leave: Voting “Yes” on election day puts us squarely in the driver seat, and puts these choices in our lap.

Your CPPW organizing committee is committed to democracy in the workplace, and we would love to hear from you on this topic, or on anything else that is important to you!

Please Contact Us today and let us know what you think!

No Printer? No Time? No Problem!

Volunteers are standing by to help make this easy for you. You can also find our authorization (petition) cards on most union boards throughout City facilities including in all Portland Building mail rooms. Your signature on our confidential and obligation-free petition simply helps get us to a vote! That’s all. Wanna vote? Sign today and we’ll be one step closer!

We Got This!

People are exerting their power for the first time in a long time. This is Democracy at work. Unions are winning elections all over the country (see the article from Vox below). Do you think our region and the world would be in the state it’s in if people had stood up over the last 200 years and demanded better from their governments and employers? No! Now is the time, and it starts with us. Time to stand up for ourselves and create the future we want for ourselves and our families, starting with the workplace. And democracy only works if we stand up together.

So join us today! It starts by signing our confidential, no-obligation petition (available for download on this website, on union boards throughout the city, or contact us and we’ll mail one to you along with a postage-paid return envelope). Signing truly obligates you to nothing! After a successful election, you will receive all the benefits and protections of a contract whether you decide to join our union and pay dues or not – it’s entirely up to you! In other words, you have nothing to lose and a whole LOT TO GAIN (including a lot more money over your career with the City – enough to add years to your retirement in fact)!


Hey Coordinators, Let’s Unite!

Are you an unrepresented City of Portland employee who is not currently managing anyone and doesn’t have first-hand knowledge of the City’s union contract bargaining positions? If so, you’re eligible (regardless of what others may tell you!). Coordinator I-IIIs, Administrative Specialist I-IIIs, Capital Project Manager IIIs, Analyst I-IIIs, Financial Analyst I-IIIs and many others…all eligible! And, gulp, we are the last 10% of city staff who are not benefiting from contract protections. Why?

Help Fund our Organizing Effort

We are now accepting small donations to help defray expenses such as web hosting, post office box, mailers, office supplies, and organizing events (such as our upcoming coffee & pizza events!).

To date, our volunteers have spent over $1500 out of pocket to help create a more fair, just, and equitable workplace for all employees. All expenses and reimbursements are approved by at least 3 committee members, who review all receipts and bank statements on a routine basis. After a successful vote we will incorporate as a non-profit union and transfer our banking and all cash balances to that legal entity, subject to all accounting rules. You can donate by clicking on the GoFundMe link below. Thank you for your support!