LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- The labor strike in Lane County continued Monday as more county facilities opened.
According to county staff, Riverstone Clinic in Springfield reopened Monday after being closed as a result of the labor strike. They said facilities are opening as union employees return to work and additional staff is brought into the county. As of Monday morning, 151 union employees returned to work.
County leaders said they are working diligently to strike a deal and get all members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) back to work.
"These are employees of Lane County and these are employees that provide essential services not only with these two units but all of our units. I think the faster we can put something together, and to get folks back working to provide those vital services, the better off we'll be," said Lane County Commissioner Sid Leiken.
AFSCME leaders held a press gathering on Monday evening to discuss the latest negations and to clear up confusion it said the county has created regarding the gap in negotiating terms. The union said the difference in monetary terms is only about $1-million dollars not the $20 to $30-million county staff has stated since the strike began.
Negotiations are scheduled to resume Wednesday at noon.
AFSCME employees plan to strike until a deal is reached, according to union leaders. The union offers details information as to what its asking for here.
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