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How does the strike impact Lane County? Check for reduced hours, limits on services

Lane County established a telephone hotline and website to help the public learn about reduced hours and services during the strike. (SBG)

EUGENE, Ore. - Lane County said some services will change while members of the AFSCME union strike.

The union represents about 700 county employees.

The county said 114 AFSCME employees had reported to work as of 10:30 a.m.

"Lane County is working to maintain the highest level of service delivery possible for our community during a strike," the county said in a statement. "We want our community to know that we are planning carefully in order to minimize the impact to the many people who rely on our services."

As of 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, examples of changes included:

ASSESSMENT AND TAXATION | The Assessment and Taxation Department will reduce its public access hours to 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday–Friday.

DEEDS AND RECORDS | New marriage ceremonies will not be scheduled during the strike. The ceremonies already scheduled to occur during the strike will take place if the couples are still interested in a ceremony at the Public Service Building.

WASTE MANAGEMENT | The Hazardous Waste Facility will remain closed until further notice. The Household Hazardous Waste Roundup planned for Marcola on October 21 is canceled. The Glenwood and Florence transfer stations will operate at reduced hours. All other stations will be closed until further notice. Site hours will be updated daily on the Waste Management Division webpage.

A current list can be found on the county website

Citizens with questions about county services can call (541) 682-3977, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday until the strike ends.

The county also said updates would be posted on Twitter.

Lane County offered this take on the negotiations so far:

Lane County has been negotiating with AFSCME since March 1, 2017 and engaged in mediation in the weeks leading up to the strike. This week, Lane County met in mediation from 9:00 a.m. on October 16 to 1:00 a.m. on October 17 and again from 2:00 p.m. on October 17 to 7:00 a.m. on October 18.
At 10:00 p.m. on October 17, Lane County made an enhanced offer to both AFSCME units that was an increase from the implementation contract approved by the Board of County Commissioners on October 17. Shortly after 6:30 a.m. on October 18, AFSCME rejected the enhanced offers and countered with a proposal that is beyond the County’s financial means.
Lane County will continue the mediation process with AFSCME leaders on Friday, October 20.
Information regarding the implementation contract is available online. The implementation contract, which goes in to effect on October 21, is an $8.8 million increase over current wage and benefits for AFSCME members over the three-year period of the contract.
Lane County has been working with AFSCME leaders since March 1 to come to an agreement on updated terms for a three-year contract (2017-2020). The County has made a proposal that is similar to contracts already accepted by five other employee labor organizations at Lane County.

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