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Oregon state workers ratify contract granting robust wage hikes

AFSCME Oregon members ratified a new contract last month that includes significant wage raises while maintaining current contract benefits. Photo credit: Milana Grant.
Oregon state workers ratify contract granting robust wage hikes
By Oregon AFSCME and AFSCME International Staff ·
Tags: Momentum Wages

SALEM, Ore. – Thousands of state government workers will see fair and much-needed pay increases under a new contract negotiated through their union, Oregon AFSCME, and ratified last month. The contract offers more evidence of the union difference and benefits of workers securing a voice on the job.

Negotiated by an Oregon state bargaining team known as the “Central Table,” the contract covers employees of 19 departments, agencies and offices.

The Central Table consists of AFSCME members from each state executive branch local, with the exception of the Department of Corrections (DOC). DOC employees – who make up the AFSCME Security and Security Plus units – negotiate a separate contract.

The mission of the Central Table is to negotiate over issues that affect all AFSCME Central Table units – items such as cost-of-living increases (COLAs), insurance, vacation, holidays, retirement, personal leave days, etc. In contrast, “Local Table” bargaining teams deal with issues such as shift differentials and overtime that affect workers at individual agencies or units.

Below is an article from Oregon AFSCME about the new contract negotiated by the Central Table team.

We are excited to announce that all Oregon AFSCME Central Table locals have successfully ratified their contracts. The Central Table contracts mark a historic pay raise for state workers with COLA increases of over 13% during the next two years. This win is a testament to the strength of our collective bargaining efforts! 


  1. $1,500 COLA bonus in September 2023: To provide immediate relief and recognize the incredible efforts of state workers, the contract includes a $1,500 COLA bonus scheduled for September 2023. 
  2. 6.55% COLA increase in December 2023: One of the standout victories of this contract is the substantial 6.55% COLA scheduled for December 2023. This increase ensures that state workers will see a tangible boost to their income, helping them keep pace with the rising cost of living.
  3. 6.5% COLA increase in early 2025: Not only do we have a significant COLA in 2023, but we've also secured a 6.5% COLA in early 2025, ensuring that state workers will continue to see improvements in their compensation well into the future.
  4. Maintained current contract benefits: In addition to these impressive COLA increases and bonuses, we are pleased to announce that we have successfully maintained all current contract benefits, including the current pay structure. This ensures job security and stability for our members, safeguarding the rights and protections they have come to rely on.

This contract underscores the value of collective bargaining and the power we hold when we stand together as a union. As we move forward, we remain committed to advocating for the rights and well-being of all Oregon AFSCME members and continuing to secure fair and equitable contracts that benefit us all.

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