Portland Parks and Recreation labels thousands of staff in its recreation centers as “casual/seasonal”. But many of us work year-round, year after year. This is called misclassification, and even more than preventing us from doing the work we need to do, it prevents us from earning a living wage, benefits, job security and having a voice on the job. On May 1, 2015, LiUNA Local 483 won a ruling that mandates the city stop paying substandard wages and benefits when these staff do the work of full union members in our Recreation centers.
Misclassified “casual” staff from Portland’s recreation centers are joining together to discuss workplace issues, brainstorm, and take action for fairness at work. On Wednesday, February 18th, Portland City Council took our recommendations for the Fair Wage Policy to create a Contingent Workers Taskforce, outside of Human Resources, that will address the city’s problem of “casual” employment replacing good, stable permanent jobs. If you want to have a voice on this task force, please contact us.
If you are a “casual” worker in Rec interested in having a voice on the Contingent Workers’ Task Force, please contact us.
If you’re a fellow worker or community member, stand with us for fairness. Please share our video!
Workers’ Victory for $15 Now
The Fight for $15 is spreading across Oregon! On Wednesday, February 18th, Portland City Council unanimously approved updating its fair wage policy to bump up the wages of the lowest paid FT city and contract workers to $15/hr, pay our Seasonal Maintenance Worker members $15/hr, and took our recommendations to create a Contingent Workers Taskforce, outside of Human Resources, that will address the city’s problem of “casual” employment replacing good, stable permanent jobs. Laborers’ Local 483 aligned with SEIU Local 49, Portland Jobs with Justice, and $15Now to make this happen.
Let’s keep pushing! Next up are misclassified “casual” workers in the City of Portland and AFSCME’s members who work for Portland grantees. Also, a bill to raise the minimum wage to $15/hr in Oregon will be submitted for the 2015 legislative session. We can win, but we need the working class of Oregon to stand up with us and demand $15 Now! We’ve got the ball rolling and we can’t stop now!
Other $15Now News include:
– Employees at Home Forward (formerly The Portland Housing Authority) and Multnomah County workers recently won $15 minimum wages.
– Walmart workers in Oregon have gone on strike over unfair labor practices and are demanding $15. 50 unions and community organizations around the state have endorsed a $15 minimum wage, and workers from Ashland to Bend, Portland, The Dalles and La Grande are organizing to fight for $15 in Oregon!