AFSCME Local 189

When snow and ice hit, union members were the first to respond

During severe weather, hundreds of union-represented workers keep the region running, from electric linemen to snowplow and bus operators.

Union officer launches run for Portland City Council

Housing Bureau employee Chris Flanary, a member of AFSCME Local 189, is one of the first to file for the all-new Portland City Council.

Out of nowhere, Portland budgets for staff and service cuts

Mayor Ted Wheeler had second thoughts about his own budget proposal. City unions say his last-minute changes will lead to layoffs.

At last, auditor’s office gets first union contract

The deal with AFSCME Local 189 comes after Portland City Council chastised auditor Simone Rede for bargaining. 

City Council says new auditor was wrong to make deal with workers

Simone Rede, newly installed as Portland City Auditor, didn’t think a first union contract needed to be so hard.

AFSCME 189 files charges after City Auditor orders workers to return to office

AFSCME says Portland city management bargained in bad faith and implemented its re-entry plan without union agreement.

Behind the badge, police support staff face backlog and burnout

AFSCME’s Portland Police chapter chair says understaffing is causing delays retrieving towed cars or getting police reports for insurance.

City unions in Portland near the brink of a strike

Following drawn out and contentious union negotiations, City of Portland managers are now accused of interfering in strike votes.

City of Portland unions declare impasse

The unit of 1,180 city workers in the District Council of Trade Unions could strike as soon as Jan. 19, after bargaining since July 2020.

Hundreds of unrepresented City of Portland workers get a chance to unionize

City attorneys and HR managers, opposing a union effort by three workers, ended up opening the door to a union for workers across the city.

City of Portland union coalition has new leadership

DCTU—a coalition of six unions—negotiates a collective bargaining agreement that covers about 1,100 City of Portland employees in all.

Furloughed workers tighten belts waiting for WorkShare benefits

It seemed like a win-win when unions approved the furloughs, but Workshare benefits promised by the Oregon Employment Department have been slow to arrive.

In the era of COVID-19, the union hall is going virtual

Unions are finding that holding meetings online is actually increasing attendance. One union is even holding its national convention online.

City of Portland unions will vote on furloughs in which workers could actually come out ahead

The federally funded Work Share program will make up for wages lost during furloughs, and city budget savings are earmarked to prevent layoffs.

Portland 911 operators leave AFSCME, join Portland police union

The vote was 67 to 7 in a May 21 election overseen by the Oregon Employment Relations Board.

Chuck Moffitt, 1952-2019

Moffitt was an accountant at the City of Portland and a union officer in AFSCME Local 189 and Oregon AFSCME.

Police union raids AFSCME at 911

Members of the Portland Police Association hand-delivered letters to emergency communications dispatchers inviting them to leave their union, AFSCME, and instead join the police union.

AFSCME Local 189 backs Jo Ann Hardesty for Portland City Council

In the May primary, Local 189 backed Andrea Valderrama for that seat, but she placed fourth in a six-candidate field.

Union coalition reaches tentative agreement with City of Portland

The deal with the City of Portland delivers long-overdue raises and more gender parity.

Still no DCTU deal at City of Portland

The City union coalition is calling for 2 percent raises plus cost-of-living adjustments.