Colleen Ostrander serves as the Vice-President of ASPTEA. She has a rich employment history including being one of the first women to complete an electrical apprenticeship with the International Brotherhood of Electrical workers in 1983. Colleen is a third-generation electrician and union worker, having worked for three of the largest companies in the world including the Bechtel Corporation (as an electrician, foreman and field engineer) at the Palo Verde Nuclear Plant; a maintenance electrician, supervisor and project manager at Motorola/On Semiconductor and the City of Phoenix. She holds an AAS in Construction Electricity from Rio Salado CC, a BA in General Studies from Western International University (with an emphasis in Finance) and a Masters in Public Administration also from Western International University.
Colleen was hired by Public Works as the Downtown Facilities Management Division's Building Facilities Superintendent on June 12, 2000. She joined ASPTEA immediately and became actively involved right away serving on the Wage and Benefit Survey committee (2 of them) and the By-Laws and Constitution committee. She was appointed to the Board of Directors in the spring of 2006 and was subsequently appointed to her current capacity as Vice-President in November 2006 when both the President and Vice-President retired on the same day.
Colleen has served as ASPTEA's representative on the Health Care Task force since 2006. ASPTEA led the way for the upgraded implant coverage for the Dental Insurance as well as for the zero percent medical premium increase for the 2019 plan year. As part of the task force, she has campaigned diligently to restore affordable health care coverage for retirees, both for pre-medicare and medicare. These benefits were restored and available to City of Phoenix retirees on January 1, 2019.
Colleen has assisted in the negotiating of six contracts, including the ones during the concessions since 2010. She was instrumental in saving lump sum longevity for those who qualified during the recession and also assisted Unit 3 in their negotiations to preserve this benefit.
During the lean years and the Goldwater Institute's lawsuit relating to release time, she voluntarily returned to Public Works. Colleen enjoyed this time back in the field with my proudest accomplishment being the reinstatement of the Electrical Apprenticeship Program.