Cause and effect: Portland Parks can’t find money to pay for 2016 unionization

Then …

In 2016, the city commissioner in charge of parks–Amanda Fritz–pushed to unionize Portland Parks employees at a cost of $4.4 million a year. The city council unanimously agreed.

The Portland City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to unionize additional positions in the Portland Parks Bureau — and ensure a $15 minimum wage for those employees — in a move that may cost the city $4.4 million for the next fiscal year.

The agreement was lauded by both labor and politicians but its full impact isn’t yet known.

Now …

This year, the Parks Bureau–under Amanda Fritz–submitted a proposal to shut down four community centers: WoodstockSellwood, Fulton and Hillside.

The mayor’s proposed budget will be finalized on April 30. There are two public forums where people can share their opinions, on April 3 and April 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The location has yet to be decided, but it won’t be convenient.

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