Thursday, August 6, 2009

Local 307VC AFSCME Agree to Save the City Nearly $400,000

Today, it was announced that the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Local 307VC, have voted to approve a two-year contract with the City of Vancouver that includes no wage increases. This action was taken by Local membership in recognition of the city's continuing budget challenges, and will save the City up to $398,000 for 2009.

AFSCME is the largest union within the national AFL-CIO, representing 152 city employees in the Water Maintenance, Wastewater Maintenance, Greenway/Sensitive Lands Maintenance, Street Maintenance, Storm Water Maintenance, Facility Maintenance, Traffic Signal, Traffic Sign, Warehouse and Dispatch Divisions of the Public Works Department, as well as the administrative/clerical unit of the City Attorney's Office.

In June, AFSCME announced its endorsement of me, over the incumbent, in the race for the Vancouver Mayor's seat. The Local 307VC President, Ron Fredin, says of their endorsement, “Leavitt is truly committed to collaboration and relationship-building, has respect for labor issues, and boasts an unmatched record on advocating for jobs that pay family wage.”

I am so proud and honored to have the endorsement of a group that would make this kind of sacrifice. The rank and file of our city employees -- those who are out in our community taking care of our roads, utilities, sensitive lands, and protecting the interests of the citizens of Vancouver --- are to be commended for sacrificing for the greater benefit of the entire City. I am proud of them, and I am honored that they believe in my leadership as the next Mayor of Vancouver.

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