ORS 261.345¹
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 (Condition concerning hours of labor), 279C.540 (Maximum hours of labor on public contracts), 279C.545 (Time limitation on claim for overtime), 653.268 (Overtime for labor directly employed by public employers) and 653.269 (Exceptions to ORS 653.268).

(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 (Definitions for ORS 243.650 to 243.782) to 243.782 (Representation by counsel authorized) 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 (Definitions for ORS 243.650 to 243.782) to 243.782 (Representation by counsel authorized).

(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]

Notes of Decisions

Union has standing to challenge validity of public body's contract on ground that it fails to require pay­ment of prevailing rate of wage. Int'l Electrical Workers v. Central Lincoln PUD, 69 Or App 127, 684 P2d 611 (1984)

Law Review Cita­tions

51 OLR 54 (1971)

Chapter 261

Notes of Decisions

People's utility district does not possess exclusive right to provide service within boundaries of district. Douglas Electric Cooperative v. Central Lincoln People's Utility District, 164 Or App 251, 991 P2d 1060 (1999), Sup Ct review denied

Atty. Gen. Opinions

County clerk's and county governing body's duty to determine validity of voters' peti­tion to form people's utility district, (1980) Vol 40, p 367

Law Review Cita­tions

7 EL 315 (1977); 16 WLR 549 (1979)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 261—People's Utility Districts, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors261.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 261, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­261ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
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