Emergency Ordinance

*Authorize Letter of Agreement to approve inclement weather compensation for certain Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 483 recreation casual employees


The City of Portland ordains: 

Section 1. The Council finds:

  1. The City and LiUNA, Local 483 (LIUNA) are parties to a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) effective July 1, 2022 through September 30, 2026. 
  2. LiUNA is the exclusive bargaining representative of employees working in the
    Recreation Associate classification covered under Schedule C of this CBA.
  3. Schedule C of this CBA reflects the parties' agreement regarding work schedules for these employees.
  4. On January 12, 2024, Portland Mayor, Ted Wheeler, issued an Emergency Declaration Due to Severe Cold Weather, ED-2024-01.
  5. Severe weather caused the City to close a number of recreation facilities throughout the period of January 12, 2024 to January 19, 2024, which resulted in a loss of income for previously scheduled Recreation Associates who work at the recreation facilities that were closed.
  6. LiUNA Local 483 filed a demand to bargain with the City on January 24, 2024. The parties mutually agreed to resolve this issue outside of the bargaining process. 
  7. The Letter of Agreement shall be signed by the City and LiUNA local 483 and shall conform substantially to a form similar to the Agreement attached as Exhibit A.

NOW, THEREFORE, the Council directs:

  1. The Chief Human Resources Officer is authorized to enter into a Letter of Agreement between the City and LiUNA Laborers' Local 483 for inclement weather compensation for LiUNA Local 483 Recreation Casual Employees During January 2024 Severe Weather Event in a form substantially similar to attached Exhibit A.

Section 2. The Council declares that an emergency exists because delay would prevent impacted employees from receiving timely compensation; therefore, this Ordinance shall be in force and effect from after its passage by the Council.

An ordinance when passed by the Council shall be signed by the Auditor. It shall be carefully filed and preserved in the custody of the Auditor (City Charter Chapter 2 Article 1 Section 2-122)

Passed by Council

Auditor of the City of Portland
Simone Rede

Impact Statement

Purpose of Proposed Legislation and Background Information

The purpose of this ordinance is to authorize Letter of Agreement to approve inclement weather compensation for certain LiUNA Local 483 Recreation casual employees during January 2024 Severe Weather event.

Financial and Budgetary Impacts

This cost of this agreement is estimated to be $103,000, including base wages and wage-driven benefits. The costs are fully covered by the bureau's FY 2023-24 budget. There is no impact to the General Fund beyond what has already been allocated.

Community Impacts and Community Involvement

No community involvement. This action is largely internal to City government processes.

100% Renewable Goal

Not applicable.

Agenda Items

179 Four-Fifths Agenda in February 21, 2024 Council Agenda


  • Commissioner Carmen Rubio Yea
  • Commissioner Dan Ryan Absent
  • Commissioner Rene Gonzalez Yea
  • Commissioner Mingus Mapps Yea
  • Mayor Ted Wheeler Yea

Introduced by


Margaret Evans

Workforce Development Manager

Requested Agenda Type

Four Fifths

Date and Time Information

Requested Council Date
Time Requested
10 minutes