Election 2023: Candidates

We are about to elect our first Board of Directors and a Bargaining Team! The Election Committee (Stephen Conlow, Katie Robb, Anna Shook, Connor Anderson and Kimberly Cambell-Groen) will be supervising the election.

The Board consists of nine members, six named officers and three at-large members. The Bargaining Team has room for 12 members. The candidates for each office are listed below with links to their candidate bios (if one was provided).

The follwing link goes to the Schedule and Rules of the election. There will be a candidate forum at Noon, January 9 and ballots will be e-mailed out at 1:00 p.m. following the forum. The forums are open to all represented employees but only members in good standing may vote.

Ballots are due by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 18, just before the (remote) Monthly General Meeting at 5:30. Event information including the video conference links will be available through the CPPW Calendar.


Links in the candidates’ names opens their bio in a new browser tab.

Kari Koch, Coordinator II, BDS (Build Strong Slate)
Jeff Winkler, Analyst III, OMF Facilities

David James, Coordinator I, Parks (Build Strong Slate)

Jessica Irvine, Coordinator I, PPB (Build Strong Slate)

Christopher Gustafson, Financial Analyst III, Housing (Build Strong Slate)

Chief Steward:
Kevin Block, Coordinator II, BPS (Build Strong Slate)

Chief Organizer:
Annette Wood, Administrative Specialist II, Water (Build Strong Slate)

At-Large Members: (Three positions, one must be based in The Portland Building)
Lee Dudley, Analyst III, OMF-BTS (Build Strong Slate)*
Grace Fenton, Analyst II, BDS
Jay Richmond, Coordinator II, BPS (Build Strong Slate)

*Works in The Portland Building

Bargaining Team: (Twelve Positions, can be a board member or any other member in good standing.)
Ashly Hoffman, Analyst II, PBOT
Jamey Duhamel, Analyst III, OMF-CAO
Annette Wood,  Administrative Specialist II, Water
Jay Richmond, Coordinator II, BPS
Kristin Johnson, Financial Analyst III, OMF-CAO
Anna DiBenedetto, Administrative Specialist III, OMF-CAO
Kari Koch, Coordinator II, BDS
Kimberléa Ruffu, Coordinator II, Parks


Election 2023: Schedule and Rules

This is the union’s first election and the Election Committee is planning as we go, consulting with the Constitution and Bylaws.

Election Committee:
Steven Conlow, Coordinator I, OMF-BTS
Katie Robb, Analyst II, Water
Anna Shook, Analyst II, Housing
Connor Anderson, Technology Business Representative, OMF-BTS
Kimberly Campbell-Groen, Analyst III, BES

The list of Candidates.


December 1, 2023 5:00 p.m. All nominations whether verbal or via email due.
December 15, 2023 5:00 p.m. Candidate bios due to the Election Committee.
January 8, 2024 5:00 p.m. Deadline to sign membership cards to be eligible to vote in the election.
January 9, 2024 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Candidate forum (zoom or teams)
January 9, 2024 1:00 p.m. Electronic ballots emailed to members in good standing.
January 18, 2024 5:00 p.m. Electronic voting ends.
January 18, 2024 5:30 p.m. Election results announced at Monthly Membership Meeting.

Election Rules

  1. Candidates are free to campaign as they see fit using both electronic and in-person methods. All candidates and members are bound in their electoral conduct by the Constitution and Bylaws of CPPW, especially by Article II: Vision and Values; Purpose and Objectives and by Bylaw 5: Code of Conduct for All Meetings.
  2. Candidates who are serving officers of the union must use either their personal or work email/Team or personal mobile devices if they want to communicate via email, Teams or SMS with members.
  3. When communicating with members either electronically or in person, serving officers of the union may not mix official union business with campaigning.
  4. The CPPW official list of personal and work email addresses, work and personal cell phone numbers of CPPW represented employees will not be provided to candidates. Candidates who are serving officers with access to those lists are prohibited from accessing or using them for campaign-related communications.
  5. Candidates are free to post flyers and posters anywhere in City buildings where it is already permitted to post union-related documents. This includes personal cubicles and break room labor boards.

If a member wishes to report a violation of one of the above rules OR identifies candidate behavior that they find unethical or in violation of the Constitution and Bylaws, they should contact a member of the Election Committee. The Committee will rule on the matter and if it results in a new rule, will post it above with a notation.

After the election, The Election Committee will prepare a report for the new board that will include lessons learned and proposed permanent standing election rules.

Letter To Council re: Layoffs.

Members, The below letter was submitted to the Mayor and City Council members on Monday, November 27, 2023.

Mayor Wheeler and Commissioners,

Three weeks ago, the Bureau of Development Services’ outgoing Director, Rebecca Esau, announced layoffs at the bureau after more than a year of well-observed macroeconomic forces driving down the permit revenue upon which the bureau depends for its operations.

On November 1, CPPW requested to meet with City Human Resources and BDS officials to bargain to help mitigate the effects of the revenue shortfalls not just on our members but on all staff who might be affected.

We finally met with officials of the City’s Labor Relations and HR on November 21. In that meeting Labor Relations presented us with information on the nine CPPW members that BDS planned to lay off, beginning the notification process the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. In that meeting Labor Relations was unable or unwilling to answer any questions of substance regarding how the layoffs were determined and whether any managers were being laid off. Labor Relations claimed that BDS had made all of the decisions. Labor Relations was unwilling or unable to provide us with additional information on whether contractors or temporary employees were released first, or whether any attempts had been made to protect seniority, all items required under HRAR 7.06 Layoffs & Recall.

The CPPW consists of over 700 Analysts, Financial Analysts, Coordinators, Administrative Specialists, Technology Business Representatives and Multimedia Specialists. These people have years of deep, expert knowledge of how our bureaus and programs work. The City of Portland is about to go through some once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and challenges, and CPPW members are eager and excited to contribute collaboratively in helping the City be successful. We think our members, and the members of the rest of the City’s organized workforce have a lot to offer in helping BDS through this period of uncertainty.

At this time we are writing to remind you that PECBA makes layoffs a mandatory subject of bargaining under the post-election, pre contract status quo. Our City colleagues in other unions have contracts requiring bargaining in this situation and have informed you of their insistence to bargain about these matters. We strongly encourage our elected representatives to direct BDS and City HR to come to the table with CPPW and the other unions to work collaboratively on a path forward that minimizes the impact on our most precious resource, our people.

Our members have a number of ideas that can be used in combination in order to reduce the impact of the financial shortfalls. Frankly, we are incredulous that these do not seem to have been discussed in any of the communications from BDS management to date.

  • Voluntary retirement incentive programs.
  • Redeployment analysis and assistance for affected employees.
  • Reductions in services in alignment with reduced building and permitting activities.
  • Management span-of-control analysis that shares the burden of layoffs with management and staff.
  • Reductions in hours and voluntary furloughs.

If layoffs become absolutely necessary:

  • A COBRA safety net program to help employees retain their health insurance.
  • Enhanced wellness and mental health services.
  • Job placement assistance with other public entities.

Of course, any work we do now, specifically around BDS, can set the stage for healthy, collaborative work that we all may need to do in other bureaus as the City works through the challenges of the 2024-25 budget.

We look forward to meeting with you and discussing these matters in early December, 2023.


Become A Member!

Join The Union

Membership is the only thing that makes a union a Union!

By law, the City of Portland Professional Workers Union must represent and advocate all persons in our bargaining unit. However, only members in good standing receive all the benefits of the union. To become a member in good standing you must complete the form confirming your membership in the union.

Membership rights and duties include:

  • Contributing dues at an amount agreed upon by the membership.
  • Having a voice through participation in union decision making, voting on the contract and officers.
  • Representing the union as an officer, steward, serving on committees.

Most importantly, membership matters. The more people who become members, the stronger our union is and the more likely we will be to win a powerful contract with fair wages, working conditions, and strong protections for all of us.

Didn’t I Already Sign A Card?

Many of  us signed cards before our May election. Those were the petition to have an election to establish the CPPW as your union, which we of course, won overwhelmingly. Those petition cards do not count as a membership card, so we are back to starting from the beginning and signing you all up as members.

Note that signing the cards will obligate one to pay dues once those are established. By becoming a member you will have input on the decision on how much those dues will be. (Currently there are no dues.)