Lane County workers on strike say they're fighting for a fair contract

Miller said while on strike, they're losing their wages and the community is losing their services.

Posted: Oct 20, 2017 6:12 PM
Updated: Oct 20, 2017 6:12 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Nearly 700 Lane County workers represented by AFSCME are on strike.

Emily Miller is an expanded practice dental hygienist. She was one of many union members picketing outside of the Lane County Public Health Center Wednesday morning. 

Miller said they want women's salaries to be brought up to market standards and that they're asking for a fair health care proposal.

She said they need to be healthy themselves, so they can continue to protect the community they serve.

"I do not have health insurance at all offered to me through the county. I see young infants. I have to pay for my own flu shot...some of the union represented members are not just fighting for a fair wage for their health insurance, some of us are fighting to have it at all," said Miller. 

Miller said while on strike, they're losing their wages and the community is losing their services. The Charnelton Clinic was the only community health center open on Wednesday.

She said they are prepared to be on strike for as long as it takes to reach a fair contract.

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