After 400 days of negotiations, the City of Portland and the District Council of Trade Unions have reached a tentative agreement on a new, four-year contract. The agreement was reached at 11:45 p.m. Thursday.
"These were difficult, hard-fought negotiations, no doubt about it," Mayor Charlie Hales said. "But they show that people of good faith and intention can join together to reach an agreement that is fair and equitable for our city employees and all Portland residents."
DCTU Chief Spokesperson Rob Wheaton echoed the mayor's comments.
This has been, without a doubt, the most difficult set of negotiations I have ever been through, said Wheaton. The DCTU appreciates the leadership of the mayor and his role in making an agreement possible.
The council, or DCTU, is a coalition of seven unions that operate jointly in bargaining with the city. Affiliate unions are AFSCME Local 189, Laborers' Local 483, IBEW Local 48, Machinists Lodge 24, Operating Engineers 701, Plumbers and Pipefitters 290, and Painters and Allied Trades Council 5.
An earlier tentative agreement, reached by union leadership in January, was rejected in a membership vote. The contract negotiations began again and ended this week.
This new tentative agreement now faces a membership vote, as well as a vote of the Portland City Council.
The DCTU contract is the City of Portlands largest labor agreement, bringing together more than 1,600 workers. From delivering clean water and maintaining city sewers, to taking care of parks and responding to weather emergencies, DCTU members are involved in virtually every aspect of city government and work around the clock to keep Portland working.