Support for Laborers Local 483's Metro Zoo & Parks Equity Proposals

Portland Metro

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Please join Laborers' Local 483 in our call to reduce inequality for people of color and women employed at Metro Zoo & Parks. In the bargaining process, we have proposed living wages, a consistent healthcare stipend, and more opportunities for permanent employment. These measures will narrow existing wage gaps and work to advance Metro's own equity goals. We believe these efforts will not only enrich Metro's workforce, but the Portland community as a whole.

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To: Portland Metro
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We, the undersigned, support Laborers' Local 483 in their call to reduce inequality for people of color and women employed at Metro. In the bargaining process, Local 483 has proposed living wages, a consistent healthcare stipend, and more opportunities for permanent employment. These measures will narrow existing wage gaps and work to advance Metro’s own equity goals. We believe these efforts will not only enrich Metro's workforce but also the Portland community as a whole. In the spirit of advancing equity, we endorse the following LiUNA 483 bargaining proposals:

•Living wages: Increase wages for all workers in low-wage jobs to a living wage of $15 per hour. This wage increase will meaningfully reduce the wage gap for women and people of color, who are disproportionately represented in low-paying classifications.

•Consistent Healthcare for Temporary Workers: Decrease the time workers must wait to receive healthcare stipends. Currently, temporary workers must work for at least 720 hours each year before they are eligible to receive a monthly stipend. Instead, we propose a shorter waiting period to receive the stipend.

•Transportation Assistance: Offer all temporary workers Trimet reimbursement when commuting to and from work in order to decrease the financial burden of transportation for low-wage workers.

•Advancement for Temporary Workers: Create more opportunities for the advancement of temporary workers by conducting a yearly review that identifies ways to create more permanent, benefited positions.

Thank you for working with us to make Portland a better place for everyone.