Layoffs, budget cuts, & the union

Updated: City Council passed a tentative 2023-24 budget on May 17th that put more than 100 jobs at risk of layoff in bureaus funded by fees. Mayor Wheeler proposed last minute rollbacks of fee and utility costs that will mean budget cuts and likely layoffs. Read OPB’s coverage here.

CPPW is asking – how can we preserve services and support the people who make this city work? With our strong union, we can push back against Council’s bad budget decisions and will have more protections during layoffs than we have alone.

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If you didn’t receive your ballot in the mail: What to do?

Ballots are being mailed to City employees in the following classifications:  The Administrative Specialist Series (I-III); the Analyst Series (I-III); the Financial Analyst Series (I-III);  the Coordinator Series (I-III); the Environmental Regulatory Coordinator classification; the Multimedia Specialist classification; the Hearings Officer classification; and the Technology Business Representative classification, and some misc. positions.

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Election Information

Union Vote is Here!

We have been working hard to build this union and the next big step is here – the union election.

The election will be held by confidential mailed ballot and will ask if you want to be represented by City of Portland Professional Workers Union (CPPW). A Yes vote is a vote to have a voice on issues that affect our lives at work and at home!

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Member Question: Management Leave

The current system of Management Leave is mysterious, confusing, and inequitable. We can do better!

Management Leave is a City policy (HRAR 8.03) that grants up to 80 hours of additional paid leave per calendar year to non-represented employees “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.”

Management Leave can be granted to non-represented employees at the discretion of their supervisor and bureau director. In practice, a small number of employees get the full 80 hours of additional leave each year. Some of us get less than 80 hours a year. Some of us are denied Management Leave altogether. And others have never known that getting Management Leave is an option. 

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Take the CPPW Issue Survey and Share Your Priorities

City of Portland Professional Workers Union (CPPW) will fight for the issues that matter most to the bargaining unit. Take the CPPW Issue Survey to share your priorities.

The future of our work is in our hands. By taking this survey, you’ll help decide what things to push for. What do you care about? What affects you, your family, and your work? Based on survey results, we’ll develop proposals that reflect our membership’s priorities and needs.

This survey should take 5-10 minutes.

The union commits to protecting your information. We will not share anyone’s information outside of the union.

Even if you plan on voting no, take the survey anyways because we’d still like to know your priorities and what workplace issues matter to you.

Questions? Email [email protected].