Oregon Statutes - Chapter 261 - People's Utility Districts - Section 261.345 - Employment of labor; pay and conditions; agreements; rights of previous employees of private utility.

(1) All labor employed by a district, directly or indirectly, shall be employed under and in pursuance of the provisions of ORS 279B.235, 279C.540, 279C.545, 653.268 and 653.269.

(2) The minimum scale of wages to be paid by a people’s utility district or by any contractor or subcontractor for such district shall be not less than the prevailing wage for the character of work in the same trade in the largest city having a population of 5,000 or more in the district, or if there is none, the nearest to the district.

(3) The board of directors of any utility district may negotiate, sign and maintain collective bargaining agreements concerning employment, rates of pay and working conditions with the representatives of its employees. Notice in writing of any intended change in rates of pay, or working conditions, or both, shall be given in accordance with the provisions of the agreements. The provisions of ORS 243.650 to 243.782 shall govern the negotiation of a collective bargaining agreement and any changes to an existing agreement. The mutual rights and obligations of the board and the employees or their representatives shall be those provided under ORS 243.650 to 243.782.

(4) Whenever any district acquires any utility which at the time of acquisition is in private ownership:

(a) The district shall, within financial and organizational limitations, offer employment to all employees of the private utility whose work primarily served the affected territory.

(b) Where the employees of the private utility are, at the time of acquisition, covered by any collective bargaining contract, plan for individual annuity contracts, retirement income policies, group annuity contract or group insurance for the benefit of employees, the district shall maintain any benefits or privileges that employees of the acquired utility would receive or be entitled to had the acquisition not occurred by:

(A) Assuming for one year all of the rights, obligations and liabilities of the acquired private utility in regard to that collective bargaining contract or plan for the employees covered thereby at the time of acquisition; or

(B) Substituting a similar plan or contract under an agreement with a majority of the affected employees.

(c) The district may pay all or part of the premiums or other payments required under paragraph (b) of this subsection out of the revenue derived from the operation of its properties.

(d) The district shall recognize the collective bargaining agent of the employees if the district retains a majority of the employees of the private utility working in the affected territory. [Amended by 1979 c.558 §23; 1985 c.474 §2; 2003 c.794 §223]

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