The ratification vote for the AFSCME/OHSU 2015-2019 contract closed July 13 at 8:00 a.m. The membership has voted to approve the contract, with 86.46% of votes cast in favor of ratification.
While the contract still needs to be signed, all of the language is now in effect. Our represented employees will see the 2015 across-the-board wage increase on their July 17 check.
The local leadership would like to give a hearty thanks to our bargaining team, whose members undertook a mammoth two-day stretch of mediation that totaled more than 28 hours, to say nothing of the training sessions and weekly negotiation sessions that began in March.
We would also like to thank our lost-time bargaining coordinators Bernie Delaney and Jadranka Odobasic.
Finally, we would like recognize our membership. Thank you to everyone who wore green on Thursdays, took to the blog and expressed how they felt about proposals, used personal time to observe a bargaining session, signed a petition, volunteered to be a bargaining contact, wore stickers and much more.
While our bargaining team was made up of 13 member leaders and three staff representatives, we were able to get a sound deal because we had almost 6,000 employees behind us. We are stronger together, and we can’t think of a better demonstration of that solidarity than getting a good contract.