Oregon To Provide Hazard Payments to Frontline State Workers

The State of Oregon has agreed to pay one-time “Covid Hazard Payments”, up to $1550, to state employees who were required to work in person for at least 480 hours between March 8, 2020 and June 30, 2021.  

The Oregonian reports that the agreement for the state to make hazard payments to employees came from the result of negotiations with SEIU 503, a union organization that represents Oregon’s public service workers, and representatives from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. 

SEIU executive director Melissa Ungersaid in an email to The Oregonian that state employees did their jobs during the Covid-19 Pandemic. 

“Hazard pay is a recognition of the risks they took to keep essential services like food assistance, healthcare and infrastructure running,” Unger said.  

Employees represented by the unions will also receive a 2.5% cost of living increase in December 2021, and a 3.1% cost of living increase in December 2022. The hazard payments will be made to all state employees who quality, regardless of if they are represented if they are represented by either union or not.   

By Millicent Durand