Contract negotiations postponed until Friday

After months of back and forth between Lane County and a labor union, contract negotiations have stalled, leading workers to strike.

Posted: Oct 20, 2017 6:12 PM
Updated: Oct 20, 2017 6:12 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – After months of back and forth between Lane County and a labor union, contract negotiations have stalled, leading workers to strike.

Devon Ashbridge, a spokesperson for Lane County, said talks will continue on Friday.

She said they are doing all they can to be good stewards of tax payers dollars while looking out for county employees during contract negotiations.

Ashbridge said the county put forth an enhanced offer Tuesday night to the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union.

This came shortly after the Lane County Board of Commissioners voted on an $8.8 million implementation contract on Tuesday afternoon.   

Ashbridge said AFSCME rejected the enhanced offer, and countered with a proposal that was "beyond the county's financial means."

She said not all union employees went on strike Wednesday, with 114 employees reporting to work.

Ashbridge said Lane County will adjust daily for services during the strike and will post the latest information on the county's website.

Lane County Commissioners are still not commenting on negotiations or the strike.

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