Nearly 1,100 workers at the City of Portland have a new contract. The District Council of Trade Unions (DCTU), a coalition of six unions that bargains jointly with the City, announced Dec. 12 that members voted to ratify the deal. Portland City Council then voted to ratify it on Dec. 14.
The agreement provides immediate 3.85 percent raises retroactive to July 1, followed by inflation-based cost-of-living adjustments on July 1, 2018 and 2019. Workers in a number of job classifications will also get separate raises of up to 10 percent — where the two sides agreed that they were underpaid compared to counterparts elsewhere.
The new agreement runs through July 1, 2020. The unions involved are AFSCME Local 189, IBEW Local 48, Machinists Lodge 1005, Operating Engineers Local 701, UA Local 290, and Painters District Council 5.