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.)
We need to draft a constitution & bylaws before we can conduct our elections this fall. We want a document that has many voices of input and is patterned after known, successful constitutions of other labor organizations. We have scheduled meetings each WED at noon.
Most of the work of this committee will be completed offline and by use of Google docs to comment and edit our working draft(s). So the good news is that you will not always need to attend the weekly meeting.
If you can offer your help, please email the treasurer with your information so we can include you as part of the committee.
To sign up, send your name, job class, home email address, & phone number to: [email protected] .
There will not be a meeting on WED, September 20.
Next meeting is WED, September 27: Meeting link.
Email sucks, we all hate it. As a way of fostering better communication and collaboration, CPPW has established a Discord server for the members to use to engage in a more relaxed and chat-like way. Discord is a collaboration platform that was developed to support the gaming community. It has a more whimsical feel tha, say, Microsoft Teams, but it has all the same features, text, voice and video chat, file sharing, public and private channels.
If you feel comfortable diving right in, just go straight to The Water Cooler Channel and sign up. More info on getting started and how to Discord is available on the CPPW Discord Page.
Kick in for your union! In order to get this union fully functional we have fees to pay, legal bills to negotiate a contract, and costs to host meetings. You won’t pay dues until we have a contract, but you can voluntarily kick in as much as you like now.
You can donate by clicking on the PayPal or Venmo links below or scan the QR code with your mobile device. Onward to a contract!
All union members are encouraged to attend the July CPPW General Membership Meeting.
Thursday, July 27
The Portland Building, Room 108
Zoom link will be available –
Meeting ID: 893 5194 3214
On the agenda:
Officer Election discussion
Building the Bargaining Team
Breakouts for: Stewards, Bargaining Committee, and Admin/Communications Team