Member Input Needed

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In a perfect world, OHSU would understand that its proposals are unreasonable, unfair and unnecessary and pull them from the table. In the real world, if our members want our union to settle, it is extremely likely that our next agreement will include PTO, higher health-insurance costs, and other undesirable contract language. If, however, our members let us know they are willing to withhold their labor, our bargaining team’s responses to OHSU at the table will reflect the will — and the power — of our membership.

It has never been more important that we hear from our members. Please take our members-only bargaining survey now  and share the link with your AFSCME coworkers. Since we start mediation on May 21, the sooner you take the survey the better.

Our bargaining team has been your voice at the table for months, but we simply cannot fight OHSU’s bad proposals alone. As the end of our current contract nears, we need our members to tell OHSU that enough is enough. In the end, a strong majority of our membership must be willing to take direct action themselves in order to prevent OHSU’s proposals from going into effect.

We don’t have the ability to just say no to OHSU at the bargaining table, unfortunately. Under the PECBA statute, if either team declares impasse and Local 328 is unable to reach an agreement with OHSU after a cooling-off period, OHSU will be able to implement what’s called a last, best and final offer. Unless there is a strike, if this final offer includes PTO and the health-insurance take-backs, then those will go into effect.

While our contract remains in effect until June 30, Local 328 members need to start thinking now about what sort of future they want and what they’re willing to do about it. If the survey responses show that our union has strong member support for a formal work stoppage, that doesn’t mean we will go on strike at this point. A strike is the last option in a long process, and we have a variety of tools we can use before it comes to that.

11 thoughts on “Member Input Needed”

  1. How sad, but not surprising, that OHSU doesn’t value their employees and instead are following the political climate of Trump and punishing those with less while rewarding those with more.

  2. It seems just plain wrong for a health care provider that promotes itself as being for the good of the community not to provide full health insurance coverage. For that matter, it seems wrong that they charge us, their employees full rate for health care within OHSU. We are the ones providing the services, we should be able to benefit from the services we provide.

  3. While it is unfortunate that OHSU has taken another stance that takes benefits away from the employees that helped to create this success, we can be heard, we can fight these changes, we can work in an environment that breeds success and supports those that embrace and create this success. But we have to stand up and be heard, so take the time, share your thoughts and opinions and lets fight what for what we deserve!

  4. What OHSU has put forth is a judgement in value. Do they truly value the current and future workforce as humans who have lives both on and off campus? Do they care to treat us with dignity and fairness? Do they know that without us the gears of the machine will slow to a crawl? Do the right thing, OHSU. We, the force that keeps the machine running, are watching. As is the city, the state, and your patients and customers.

  5. my full support is behind the bargaining team and the decisions they and the union as a whole are making for us.

  6. I was very disappointed in OHSU when they wanted to do a surcharge for spouses. I understand that healthcare is a big expense to OHSU, my share seems to go up every year also, but many couples choose the best health plan choice for the family. To be forced to pay $100/month to cover your spouse if the other health plan is inadequate is ridiculous.

    Even more ridiculous is the amount of the healthcare costs that OHSU passes on to families. I am not sure how some families afford it, and wonder whether employees of the premier healthcare organization in Oregon are providing healthcare for their families by the use of the Oregon health plan.

  7. 1. In your communication about OHSU ‘s record breaking profit – please site your sources.

    2. Why is the bargaining team just rejecting the PTO proposal? Since OHSU really wants to push PTO, I really think this can be used to our advantage. Why aren’t we negotiating for more PTO days per year?

    Thank you!

    1. Hi, Elina. Thanks for your questions.

      1–Our sources are OHSU’s own financial documents and presentations. From PowerPoint slides (“FY19 February YTD Results and Preliminary FY20 Budget”) that were presented at the April 11 OHSU board meeting, OHSU reports operating income through February of $116 million, earnings that are $62 million above budget, revenues that are up $83 million compared to budget, and cash on hand of $1.5 billion. OHSU’s “Financial Statements and Supplementary Information” (June 30, 2018 and 2017, with independent auditors’ report) can be found here.

      2–The bargaining team is rejecting OHSU’s current PTO proposal because that’s what the great majority of our members have asked us to do, through feedback when OHSU initially floated the idea in 2017, responses to surveys during the current bargaining cycle (including the one linked above), comments on our blog and Facebook page, and in-person feedback at town halls and in one-on-one discussions. Our membership prefers the current VAC/SIK system, and we have proposed additional vacation accruals.

      Please let us know if you have any addition questions. And if you haven’t done so already, please take a few minutes to take the survey. Thanks!

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