After a weeklong strike, about 700 AFSCME members in Lane County, Oregon, have returned to work with an agreement that invests in public services and fosters a stronger bond with the community they serve.
The agreement – ratified by AFSCME Local 2831 members late Friday with overwhelming support – includes pay increases, a hardship fund to assist with health insurance premiums and protections for temporary employees.
Under the ratified agreement, Miller will have access to health insurance and will no longer have to reapply for her job. She was one of hundreds of public service workers in Lane County who will benefit from the hard-fought contract.
“After a decade of work, it's good to see the county recognize us as permanent employees and stabilize the dental program,” said Miller. “By doing so, I will have a career at Lane County.”