Published: January 25, 2022

Your bargaining team has come to a tentative agreement (TA)! Here is a summary of that agreement:

  • Article 4—Hours of Work
    • Section 3: Housekeeping (removed reference to 7.5 hour workdays not currently in use)
    • Section 6: guarantees that employee requests to flex normal work hours within the work week will not be arbitrarily denied.
  • Article 6—Holidays
    •  Section 1: Added Juneteenth as annual paid holiday.
  • Article 7—Vacation Leave
    • Section 1: Employees begin accruing vacation from the first day of employment (rather than after six months). Employees are able to use accrued vacation after six months of employment.
    • Section 5: changed the amount of vacation that can be cashed out from “up to five (5) working days” of vacation to “forty (40) hours” of vacation.
    • Section 7: Changed language to allow for employees working non-standard shift lengths (9 hours, for example) to schedule comp credit leave for the total duration of their shift length.
  • Article 10—Health and Welfare
    • Section 4: The county will contribute $1,621 per employee per month for health, dental and vision benefits in 2023, and $1646 per employee per month in 2024.
  • Article 11—Wage Adjustment
    • Section 1: housekeeping changes to reflect current law and practice
    • Section 3: 5% cost-of-living adjustment effective July 1, 2022, and 5% cost-of-living adjustment effective July 1, 2023.
    • Section 14: New language. Adds 5% differential for eligible employees assigned to crisis duties as co-responders with law enforcement in a community setting.
  • Article 14—Travel Allowances
    • Section 3: Reimbursements of lodging, meal, and other related transportation expenses shall be on an actual cost basis “up to the IRS Per Diem rate.
  • Article 15—Health and Safety Regulations
    • Current Contract Language, but as part of the agreement the county has committed in writing to update the boot policy to include MCEA employees in the Juvenile Department
  • Article 17—General Provisions
    • Section 17: county agrees they “will not attempt to influence any employee to resign from or decline to obtain membership in the union.”
  • Article 20—Discipline and Discharge
    • Section 5: New section guaranteeing that “any disciplinary action […] will be documented in writing. A copy of the documentation will be provided to the employee and to the MCEA Union President, Chief Steward, and the SEIU Organizer.”
  • Article 21—Grievance and Arbitration Procedure
    • Section 1: Housekeeping change—defines “working days” in grievance timeline as weekdays that are not holidays
    • Section 2: Housekeeping changes—clarification of language
  • Article 24—Layoff
    • Section 1: Housekeeping change
  • Article 26—Trial Service Period
    • Section 1: housekeeping change; defines ‘initial trial service’ as trial service served upon most recent date of hire and last for six months
    • Section 2: housekeeping change
  • Article 33—Life and Termination of Agreement
    • Sections 1 & 2: Updates term of agreement to expire June 30, 2024
  • Letter of Agreement: Floater Position
    • Updated effective dates
  • Letter of Agreement: Journeyman’s Card or Trades License
    • Updated effective dates
  • Letter of Agreement: Oracle Pay Incentive
    • Updated effective dates
  • Letter of Agreement: Sick Leave Conversion
    • Updated effective dates
  • Letter of Agreement: Standby Pay
    • Updated effective dates
  • Letter of Agreement: Workload Prioritization
    • New Letter of Agreement
      • Gives employees the right to request assistance from immediate supervisor in “establishing or adjusting work priorities.” The supervisor must respond to such requests in a timely manner.

Commitment in writing from the County that they will create a Countywide telework policy.

Ratification Meetings

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 | Courthouse Square – 555 Court St NE, Salem Or 97301 | 2nd floor – Santiam Room | 11:00a to 1:30pm
Wednesday, June 1, 2022 | Silverton Road -2045 Silverton RD NE, Salem OR | Reflections Room | 11:00a to 1:30pm
Thursday, June 2, 2022 | PCC -118, Oak St SE, Salem OR 97301 | TBD | 11:00a to 1:30pm
Tuesday, June 7, 2022 | Center St Health -3180 Center St NE Salem | Silver Falls Conf room A&B | 11:00a to 1:30pm
Wednesday, June 8, 2022 | Public Works | North Santiam Room | 11:00am-4:00pm
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 | Beverly | TBD | 11:00a to 1:30pm
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 | Pence Loop | TBD | 11:00am to 1:30pm
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 | Juvenile | TBD | 11:00a to 1:30pm

Past Updates
March 30, 2022 Bargaining Update
March 9, 2022 Bargaining Update
Feb 22, 2022 Bargaining Update
Feb 11, 2022 Bargaining Update
Jan 25, 2022 Bargaining Update
Jan 18, 2022 Bargaining Update

Current Contracts and Letters of Agreement
Marion County 2020-2022 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA)
Marion County Transition to Worksites Letter of Agreement (LOA)
Marion County Paid Quarantine Leave Letter of Agreement (LOA)

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Have a question or want to get more involved? Contact your Organizer: Toby Green,

Meet your 2022 Bargaining Team
SEIU 503 is a member-run union. Members elect a bargaining team of their peers every two years. With legal, negotiation and logistical support from union staff, your bargaining team fights to make sure your priorities are reflected in the final contract.

Trish Straw, President
Kristina Ballow, Vice President
Diana Downs, Treasurer
Eden Farias, Chief Steward
Michelle Roberts, Member in Large
Jonathan Sanford, Member at Large
Diana Dickey, Member at Large