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The State of Oregon is facing a budget deficit of $1.8 billion dollars. To no surprise, during the bargaining session the State proposed a 6% PERS buyout, no COLA for a year, a step freeze, and an increase in employee PEBB Health premiums to 7%. But, should employee benefits be cut to balance the budget? Or, should the State be looking at other funding sources, such as, a fair corporate tax?
The next bargaining session is scheduled for July 18, 2017. Contact your bargaining team to share your thoughts.
"The State's proposals are not only bad for workers but they are morally wrong. They are attempting to balance this latest budget crisis on our member's backs. As a Union we must act. We need members to contact their legislators and tell them to find stable funding for our state's budget and stop looking to state workers to fill the void."
Interim Executive Director
Here is what's on the table:
Cost of living raises
July 1, 2017 - 2.5%
July 1, 2018 - 2.5%
July 1, 2017 - 1.45%
July 1, 2018 - 0.00%
Steps in each year of the contract
Step freeze first year
One step in second year
Maintain current plan:
5% share of costlier plan
1% share of lower-cost plan
Establish employee 7% premium share
for costlier plan
Waiting to respond to management following PERS conversations within our membership
State "buyout" the 6% pick-up, meaning workers receive a 6% wage increase but the money would inturn go into their PERS account
The Proposed 6% PERS Buyout, What it Could Mean For You
"State employees provide services Oregonians need. Cutting PERS will make it harder to recruit and retain qualified state employees. For me personally, with PERS, I would retire in poverty. Please let me know your position on PERS and the need for increasing revenue from corporate taxes."
Share Your Thoughts With US
We want to have a robust discussion about this with our membership and to hear how this proposal would impact you and/or your family. Here are the ways to connect with us:
Contact your bargaining team members and let them know your thoughts