Our Members are EMPOWERED, Not “Hateful”

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The following comment was made anonymously on our “A Shining City on Marquam Hill?” article this morning. Although we suspect it was written by management or someone else who isn’t actually a dues-paying member of our union, we felt it warranted a discussion, so we’re presenting the unedited comment and our response. The comment opens with “I know you won’t post this…” Wrong.

In a separate comment made about 90 minutes after this one, this person also let us know they’d saved a screenshot of the comment to share with the governor and with Oregon AFSCME’s executive director at a later date. Screenshots aren’t necessary — this blog isn’t OHSU Now.

I know you won’t post this because this is not free speech blog but Ms. Barker or whomever moderates please share this with the bargaining team:

you can blame OHSU and I am sure OHSU is responsible for some and perhaps nearly all of the pointed comments on this blog.

as an employee I see the hate rising. I see the anger this blog and your emails pushes into the the hospital. You can blame OHSU and clearly do for this.

I will say may be they are to blame BUT:

I feel we are creating a Trump like mob mentality. What are going to do if this leads to violence? I am seriously concerned we all know there individuals who simply look for the fight – could they be our employees? may be. Managers, may be, our members, may be – outside folks looking to cause trouble may be. Seems to be a lot of individuals spoiling for fights in Portland.

how do we heal? do you care? how do we work together moving forward – again I feel like this is Trump or whomever it may be on the left – way out on extremes not caring about the damage rather only winning.

Our union should be about being professional – so much of what is on here just seems to hate and anger. I am and expect my union to behave in a way that doesn’t foster such anger and hate. It is not. These vessels seems to stoke and encourage negativity. How about a rally where we go serve food to the poor? Clean up homeless camps, marching on Salem for better policies – why don’t our members rally around this? I don’t blame the union for this but I do blame the union for co-oping and using human emotion. I know OHSU is blame for this and and that – but we control our emotions and our words – btw this is what I tell my 3 year old when she is throwing a fit.

Anger and hate surely motivate. But like the old proverb says:

Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.

Let’s remember this as pour our acid around.

We don’t think hyperbole like referring to employees who are rightfully upset about the prospect of losing money under OHSU’s proposals as hateful is at all helpful. Our members have faced take-back after take-back from OHSU for a decade. We’ve labored under cost-containment and worked in departments that are short-staffed for years — with little thanks from the employer — to help keep OHSU running and profitable. These are facts, not exaggerations. Many of us feel disrespected and, yes, angry, and are speaking up — some of us for the first time. It’s insulting to these folks that someone would then accuse them of engaging in mob mentality, having the potential to become violent or acting like a toddler throwing a fit. 

Is Local 328 going to encourage our members to make their voices heard? We sure are. People are outraged, yes, but they don’t need our blog posts to make them feel that way — they just need to look at OHSU’s proposals and read OHSU’s own emails. Are we going to point out to our members that we think the employer’s proposals are unnecessary, unfair, disrespectful and, frankly, greedy? Yes, because we believe our members deserve a fair contract and we believe OHSU can do better, and the only way we’re going to get a fair contract is by speaking up and showing OHSU we’re willing to stand up to get one. You see our members as negative, hateful and uncaring. We see our members as empowered, engaged, thoughtful and acting with solidarity.

You’ve also suggested that Local 328 is “not caring about the damage only winning.” If you’re a member, you would have received an email Thursday night from our president Matt Hilton that we think disproves this claim. Does this sound like we don’t care about the impact of a contentious bargaining campaign? “A strike would have a profound impact on the care that our patients receive and on the research and other work being conducted at OHSU every day, and it would potentially reshape the public’s opinion of OHSU. It’s in the best interest of both parties to reach agreement on a new contract before a strike happens.” Does this sound like we only care about “winning”? “How do employees survive with effective across-the-board wage increases as low as 1%, when they might be facing a 10% increase in their housing costs, when more than half of our members are already spending 40% or more of their income on housing costs?” Or this? “Our union wants OHSU to recognize that shared sacrifice should occasionally be alleviated by shared prosperity. Our union believes that our members are assets to OHSU, not just numbers to be reduced on a spreadsheet. Our union wants a contract that lifts all boats. Our members deserve this.” 

You also asked how we can work together going forward. Although our teams are still quite far apart on a number of issues, especially the economic ones, we’ve already reached agreement on many proposals. We’re pleased to have worked together with the employer on language that enhances our steward program and improves the grievance process, and we’re close to agreement on other contract language that will be beneficial to our bargaining unit and to OHSU. We have a couple of days of direct bargaining and number of days of mediation left before our contract ends on June 30. Both the Local 328 and OHSU teams will be working hard on those days to reach a fair agreement — that’s what we all want.

You seem to think that our communications to our members are nothing more than propaganda. Of course we want our communications to be persuasive to our members, just as OHSU wants its communications to be persuasive. The members of our union’s bargaining team and our communications team know the thought, effort and time that have gone into our proposals and our communications. We’ve endeavored to fairly represent OHSU’s proposals and counterproposals — those have largely been take-backs and rejections, though, and we’re not going to sugarcoat that. We’ve shared the positives, too. We’ve also tried our best to ensure our members know what’s at stake for them with this contract, and what it might take to get a fair contract — this contract will be incredibly important to the 7,000 or so members of our bargaining unit, so we’re going to be frank and assertive in the way we communicate about it. 

If anyone sees our communications as “fostering hate,” we think they’re just seeing what they want to see. Did you even read the article you made your comment on, or read any of the comments? It’s not hateful for some folks to say they feel like their employer only cares about profits or to mention loans to Moda or to call out the executives who receive very generous bonuses. People are disappointed and feel disrespected, so some of us have expressed negative feelings about our employer — it’s okay for people to be critical of OHSU. Do you really consider statements like the following to be “pouring acid around”?

    • “OHSU has brought amazing work experiences and growth my way…”
    • “Does OHSU’s vision of improving the health and wellbeing of Oregonians not extend to its own employees?”
    • “Is the pursuit of ever-higher profits worth the damage done to the morale and health of its employees, many of who are also OHSU patients?
    • “So frustrating to do our best day in and day out and be rewarded with an effective pay cut and decreased benefits when we have record profits.”
    • “We’re all exhausted and now this contract negotiation feels like a slap in the face.”
    • “Thank you for putting into words the complexity of the emotions we feel. The disappointment, frustration and disrespect with the proposals and attitudes of the executive team at the bargaining table. But, in at least equal measure the passion, commitment and dedication that we feel to our co-workers and patients.”
    • “I need to be able to afford to keep working for OHSU. I NEED to be proud of the place I work.”
    • “Show up at bargaining with financial and vacation and health care proposals that respect us. Show up willing to engage with the community and employees and support outreach and staffing proposals from AFSCME.”
    • “It’s time OHSU starts showing its employees that it actually appreciates the work they do to make their mission a reality.”
    • “I am so frustrated, but comforted that we are standing together and speaking up.”
    • “I’m sad, disappointed and scared for the future if OHSU gets their way! Take a stand OHSU! Show Portland that you are great by taking care of your employees…the employees who have always taken care of you!”
    • “We echo your heartache, and only hope that OHSU is listening. We love our jobs, we love our patients, but we aren’t blind. We are in need of a fair contract…”
    • “This stands as a powerful statement of truth in a time of the widening gap between the rich and powerful executives at OHSU and the people who work with integrity and passion to make our community a better place.”

Finally, you asked “How about a rally where we go serve food to the poor? Clean up homeless camps, marching on Salem for better policies – why don’t our members rally around this?” Please don’t insult our members further by implying that many of us aren’t already volunteering and doing things to help our community. In addition, Local 328 has organized volunteer nights at the Oregon Food Bank and other events, and we regularly donate to Labor’s Community Service Agency and other nonprofits. We also regularly send delegations to Salem to do just what you suggest; we did so most recently on April 25. Any member who’d like to support our union in organizing these types of activities is welcome to join our executive board — in fact, our community-liaison and political-action chair positions are vacant! We’ve love to have members who are enthusiastic about community service/events or political action join us — folks can fill out our online contact form for additional information. 

58 thoughts on “Our Members are EMPOWERED, Not “Hateful””

  1. This person’s comment has a very familiar tone/voice to it. There is one person (not an AFSCME member) who spoke with me personally about concerns of violence and specifically called out community members.

    I would really like to see what this person believes that we are writing that is so angry. All I see are the truth and sometimes the truth hurts.

    OHSU has the opportunity on Tuesday to do the right thing
    • They can come to the table with an honest wage proposal
    • They can agree to pay people a weekend differential and preceptor pay like they deserve
    • They can come to the table and remove the appalling take backs that they’ve proposed
    • They can come to the table and appreciate our members

    That’s how we heal – that’s exactly how we heal!!

    By OHSU treating their employees with respect and dignity that they deserve, with proposals that reflect their hard work and dedication!

  2. Look . . . I’m not expecting OHSU to go into debt for me. I want to come to work and do a good job. I want to support OHSU and its missions. I want to support the patients and the providers and those who do direct patient care. I want OHSU to have research breakthroughs. I want to continue helping to make OHSU a nationally-recognized, respected organization.

    I don’t like any of their proposals. But if they’d meet us in the middle — and do it because they genuinely want to — I could compromise on PTO if they’d give us a 5% raise. Or if they want to have the spousal surcharge but the salaried people go back to getting on-call pay. Or if they paid 100% of the OHSU PPO plan but increased the bus pass cost by $100.

    OHSU has been executing takebacks over the last several contracts. There has been very little substance for the workers. For me, it really started with forcing certain groups to go salaried in 2009 and the takebacks have continued since.

    I don’t hate OHSU. I want to respect it. But you don’t get respect by continuing to take away from the line workers — the workers that actually do the day-to-day work. That’s not hate. That’s wanting respect.

  3. The part that stuck out to me is ‘how about having a rally where we go serve food to the poor’. As a member of the F&N team, it’s always bothered me that we throw out perfectly good food every day. When I asked my supervisor if there was a better way, he told me it was policy. Ok, I guess…
    As for the rest, people might be upset about OHSU’s proposals (yeah, we’re down to strike) but I’ve seen constructive criticism, very personal stories about the heartbreak of being undervalued and it’s effect on patients. I’ve seen steadfast support for Local 328. But no hate. Just adamant dialogue that affects us all. I can’t speak to this person’s experience, but this is not the vibe I get from the AFSCME members I’ve spoken with. By and large, they’re all standing up for themselves. There’s nothing about engaging that equates with hate. That is all.

  4. I have no idea where this person got the idea that being upset about the proposals and their impact to all of our union members has anything thing to do with violence. That’s really kind of scary that those two dots got connected somehow. I don’t think it’s relevant. I’ve seen people angrier during other negotiations and there was no violence. Our union leader ship has done nothing but encourage us to behave professionally. I have suspicions about the intent of the comment.

    1. Thank you for your support. We certainly aren’t trying to encourage violence, and we don’t think our members would do anything that this commenter claims to be worrying about. I think that OHSU is so unused to getting this kind of pushback from our members that they don’t know quite how to react to it.

  5. This “comment” is a low effort, bad faith attempt to make us feel guilty for questioning authority.

    Especially since I was with a group of AFSCME members from all over the state who assembled in Salem last month doing one of the things our nameless critic said we should.

    It’s funny how it’s always a call for politeness, decency, addressing the “real problems,” etc coming from folks who are asking us to accept what we’re being given by those in power without questioning it. They’re always calling for us to shut up and accept the status quo.

    The wording of this comment is ostensibly polite, but it asks us to stop advocating for ourselves. It shames us for the effort we put into helping our coworkers and our predecessors have a better workplace. I don’t think “roll over and take it or you’re the meanie jerks” is actually very polite at all. I don’t care how it’s worded, I’m offended by attempts to gaslight me into complacency. It’s recognized as a form of abuse when your spouse does it and I don’t see why I’m supposed to think of it any differently just because it comes from a boss or a politician or a nameless person on the internet.

    Speaking of Trump-like behavior, it’s no different than being told there were “very fine people on both sides” in Charlottesville in 2017.

    To anyone who thinks they can gaslight me and then claim the moral high ground just because you think saying something reprehensible is fine as long as you said it nicely, well …

    to quote my Southern relatives:

    Bless your heart.

    1. Yes!!! Exactly! We are mean because we want fairness? That’s kind of like calling women emotional because they wanted the same jobs as men or the same pay. It’s a way to shut people up. We don’t want a fight, we want fairness.

      Also, why isn’t this person questioning why OHSU is not serving the homeless? Just a thought.

    2. You nailed it! This rhetoric is all too familiar at the moment if you’re a member of a marginalized community, too…some people just prize being nonconfrontational over justice, I guess…?

  6. I was just talking this morning about the lack of comments, write ups and false flags on the blog from OHSU Plants. In past contract talks the blog was flooded by OHSU management posing as union members.
    To the Plant you made a number of errors that clearly marks you.
    To OHSU leadership SHAME on you ! Did you really think that having your plant watch Spy Kids, all of Austin Powers movies and read MAD Magazine SPY vs SPY would be enough “Training” before sending them out on a covert op?

  7. Thank you, so much, for such an eloquent, informative and accurate response to this person’s comment. Michelle Obama said “When they go low, we go high,” and that, is exactly what you did.

    If this person was truly paying attention to the issues, or was in any way directly affected by the proposals, they would think twice before saying anything at all.

    Thank you for taking the time to craft such a perfect response.

  8. Hate? No. Just frustration that we are seen as another line in a spreadsheet to minimize. Disbelief that my hard work should be rewarded by an effective pay cut. Disheartened that they believe because I am paid differently (salaried) I should have sub standard protections and less compensation. Sadness that we have to fight so hard to keep what we have when everyone above me gets a bonus- supervisors, managers, all the way up. I will not be violent, I do not hate OHSU, I just want what is fair and right.

  9. Proverbs 31:8
    Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed.

  10. Proverbs 29:7
    The righteous consider the cause of the poor, but the wicked have no regard for such concerns.

  11. When I read the AFSCME blog posts, anger is not my first response, it’s validation. I don’t hate my employer, but rather think it’s worth it to fight to make OHSU a place where I can make a career.

    1. Mike-No Kidding! OHSU’s reason for saying “NO” to our weekend differential proposal ,was they believe that “people who work weekends do so because they prefer that shift” and as a result, they have seen “very low turnover ” on the weekends, so people who work weekends are doing so because they like it and they don’t see a need to give them a differential.
      Might they consider the fact that some people who work on the weekends do so because it’s their second job and they need it to make ends meet?
      I know of a few, smart, capable, hard working people, who work an extra day on the weekends. On top of their 40 hour Monday-Friday work week, so they can support their families. And I’m sure you do too.
      We’re bargaining for a fair contract so that we can raise people up to a place where they can stand in line with everybody else and maybe even get ahead. Not because we’re greedy or pissed off at our employer.
      There are a lot of us who just need a little help.
      I’m not religious, but I can’t help but wonder, in response to this person’s reference to a proverb, WWJD?

      1. At my clinic we work weekends because we have to not because we want to. We are rotated into a shift on Saturday and now they are considering opening on Sundays without hiring more people. We would rather not work weekend at all but it is required, as part of our position, to rotate into a shift. We don’t get overtime; they cut our shift throughout the week (we still spend almost a full shift during the week so they won’t be short on coverage). Being compensated a little extra for doing something that would rather not be doing would mean a lot and show how much it is appreciated and respected for giving up a weekend to the clinic.

        1. Alot of evs and fn workers have been doing this for years aswell. Plus they are bullied and lied to by management into thinking that they have no power. We need to reach out across the barrier between the “money difference “.

          1. Nevermind how many EVS workers have to work 6 days a week, endlessly, because OHSU is so uncompetitive with benefits that they can never seem to fully staff the Department. Most EVS workers work at least one weekend, and there is no choice.

  12. I don’t see hate for my employer, I’m just flustered of all the takeaways they want to do with each new contract that we have. I don’t want PTO ,I don’t want my medical reduced. What I would like to see is my vacation /sick time stay the same ,my medical so it’s affordable and a decent raise . We do all of the work to keep OHSU running, and they get all of the bonuses !

  13. Looks to me like may be a communication expert tried to dumb down their message. may be.

  14. If those of us on the bargaining team accepted OHSU’s proposals and stopped standing up to what I can only define as class warfare, then every member of our union would have a smaller paycheck after this contract is ratified. If the writer feels that we need to “heal” by accepting what scraps management is throwing at us then that’s their right. However I was elected to speak for all those who can’t be at the bargaining table, and when I see management getting raises upwards of 26% during the life of our contract then I do get reasonably upset. Justice is justice, and that’s what we want.

  15. Tami
    I would not call them a communication expert since its pretty poorly written and easily spotted as plant.

  16. Before I was a MA, I was a patient (and still am) and a volunteer at OHSU. I respect and know OHSU is inclusive and has one of the highest standards in healthcare. When I graduated from PCC MA program I did not have second thoughts about joining the team at OHSU. But as I worked for OHSU I learned more about how it treats it employees. I learned about the rising cost of healthcare for patients and employees. I learned about the staffing shortage and freeze while patient care increased aand OHSU grew. I learned about the rising costs to live in Portland for both patient and employees and its effects on their quality of life. I have recently learned about OHSU increased profits and revenue and it increased executive wages and bonuses while I got a $50.00 gift card to Fred Meyer and a raise below the cost of living increase on my anniversary.

    I respect and enjoy helping my patients everday; I enjoy working with all of my clinic’s team ( this includes providers and management). We are a professional family that excel in our patient care. But I can still make fair and reasonable demands from OHSU for my fellow employees and myself. I can still state that I am ready to Strike if that is what is necessary as a last resort. I can still expect a OHSU to look at the wellbeing of it employees as it does it patients, by not increasing the burdens on us. l do all of this and still want to be and do the best for my patients and OHSU.

    I can get upset and standup for what I think is right and denounce what I think is wrong while still wanting to continue working and enjoying caring for my patients at OHSU. I can demand respect and reasonable benefits. I can raise my voice with passion against undue burdens on employees and patients( understaffing effects patient care).I can do all of this and still strive to achieve the OHSU Mission and help make US a leader in Healthcare .

    I will continue to ENGAGE and STANDUP to make OHSU BETTER for both PATIENTS and EMPLOYEES.

    1. Exactly this, David! This is what we want all of our members to feel empowered to do: “I will continue to ENGAGE and STANDUP to make OHSU BETTER for both PATIENTS and EMPLOYEES.”

  17. It’s clear that this person is not involved with the union as they are not well informed about union activities. As for the blog comments showing “hate and anger” – please don’t mistake people’s “passion” for wanting to be compensated fairly as hate and anger.

  18. I see both sides. I hear and read passion, but I have also heard and read a lot of mean may be not hateful but unkind comments. I don’t think we are going high, sorry.

    My department has strong advocates for and against the union. I am in the middle. I think OHSU can do better and will. I view myself as a come to work guy do my job and head home. I checked this blog out to get more information after getting emails. I don’t find it very useful and will tell my coworkers if asked. I will focus on my job and not get swept up by this and I have spoken to others are disappointed too.

    1. Hi D Belt. We too think OHSU can do better, but we don’t think they will unless our members keep the pressure on.

      You say that you don’t find the blog very useful–would you be willing to let us know what we could do to make it more useful for folks? You and any others in your department, whether disappointed or supportive, are also always welcome to reach out to your steward, Local 328 president Matt Hilton, or a member of the bargaining team about any concerns you have. We want everyone in our bargaining unit to be engaged in this process and feel that their voices are being heard.

    2. D. Belt I appreciate your optimism regarding OHSU doing the right thing. We have found, however that some members of management do not share in your “high tide raises all ships” view of our corporation. One proposal we received would take decision making power from the Employee Benefits Council, and place it solely in the hands of a single executive at OHSU. Please check out the following link. I have no problem with the dollar amounts, as long as the percentages are the same, but right now they’re not.

  19. AFSCME, thank you for honoring free speech. Bargaining team members thank you for advocating for all of us on the hill.

    We all work hard every day to make OHSU what it is. Our work is what makes OHSU successful, so successful that all of our managers will get raises, good for them.

    Now, with these contract negotiations, is the time for OHSU to say, ‘thank you’, to all of us for contributing to all the successes of our institution.

    The best way to do that is to treat these negotiations and our bargaining team with respect. OHSU, please stop the games, fear mongering and belittling tactics at the table, we’re not asking for champagne and caviar. The Great Recession is over, the sky is not falling, your coffers are full.

    Work with our bargaining team, honestly, authentically, respectfully, come to the table and work with our bargaining team.

  20. One thing is certain, and thats the OHSU leadership is nervous and they do not know what to do.
    Let as many of us go to this intentional poorly timed reading of OHSU proposal on the 5th, that is if it is not cancelled.
    Let us then once the prepared reading is done let us leave in silence as a group. This can and will make a huge statement to the OHSU leadership and we all know that if any questions that are to be asked and answered it will be by plants prepicked by OHSU leadership

  21. In order to get a fair contract we need to be willing to stand up for ourselves. We need to be willing to question the contract they are trying to pass off. We need to be involved. Are we sad that OHSU doesn’t see our worth and simply provide us with a fair contract? Yes. Anyone taking the time to read these blogs and stay involved is doing their due diligence. It’s not hate, it is far from hate. AFSCME is facilitating the contract, they are keeping us informed, engaged, and providing us a place to be heard. I am grateful that we have a team that cares about us so deeply, that they believe in us and are willing to stand up with us for a fair contract. We are UNION STRONG and we are not ashamed.

  22. Your responses make me so proud to work with you all, thank you for staying strong!
    The only effective answer to organized greed is organized labor. ~Thomas Donahue

    1. Granted, we can’t tell adults what to do or think. But I think if each of us watching gives a polite nudge to one other AFSCME member to attend the rally or check out the blog we might really raise some Executive eyebrows. I double-dog dare you! And you! And you!

      I am not a Plant.

  23. I don’t see anything hateful that has been written/posted by AFSCME. I see anger at OHSU’s proposals but that is a normal response to being disrespected. I see frustration, sadness and disappointment at the way OHSU keeps taking away our benefits, while at the same time giving bonuses to leadership for making budget goals. Now is the time for OHSU to share that wealth with the employees who have helped them get where they are. I don’t hate OHSU at all. I am disappointed and angry at their proposals though.

  24. Also, I wanted to say thank you for such a well written response to the comment. Knowing my union leadership, I am not surprised and I think this could be considered a shining example of actual transparency. Where the comment could have been deleted instead it was called out for its inaccuracy and attempts to gaslight all of us for standing up for ourselves.

  25. Due to the terrible timing of these “informational sessions” I will not be able to attend nor do I think my boss will allow me to live stream it. Please know I would be there if I could. Thanks to everyone who can be there!

  26. It amazes me at times the length people will go to, to make something out of nothing and to try and make people second guess their rightful actions. I have not seen ANYTHING hateful on this blog, on emails, pamphlets or employees. We need and will stand together and the fact they are tying to divide us is very upsetting. There has been a few times reading certain things about what OHSU is proposing I have been upset and maybe wanted to say something not very nice. It wasn’t hateful, but not very nice. I held my tongue as this is not the right way to get your point across is what I told myself. OHSU needs to take a GOOD hard look at all it accomplishments and how they got there. Leadership is not the ONLY people who work REALLY HARD for OHSU. We all do! Many other disciplines get a weekend differential, why is okay for them but not us? The PTO deal they have proposed ONA voted against that as well. The unclassified employees that I have talked to don’t like the PTO deal they had no say in and couldn’t turn down. OHSU just put them in it and they had no other options. OHSU please, do the right thing!!

  27. Warped sense of reality if they think when two parties don’t agree violence will ensue. What a sad way to see the world.

  28. I personally feel that I am sad, hurt, and stressed by Ohsu’s actions. This injustice has made me resolved, alert, and purposeful. The reverse should be true for any place of work. We spend more of our lives at work than with our families and so I feel like our work should feel like a family. Wouldn’t that be amazing!?!

  29. Demanding decent wages and benefits, standing up to a giant profiting business and the very well- (perhaps over-) paid leadership to demand that our wages increase to reflect the astounding increases in cost of living, particularly housing costs, is not hate.

    Righteous anger at being disrespected is not hate.

    Positivity-only rhetoric is an ugly tool – we deserve our share of the money that OHSU would not be able to make without OUR LABOR.

  30. As someone who has volunteered with AFSCME at the Food Bank, and has marched side-by-side with fellow AFSCME members to rally around a local community of color who were receiving death threats just for wanting to have a neighborhood party… I think the commenter needs to learn more about what AFSCME members are actually doing before criticizing us for what we’re not doing.

    I have never been encouraged to hate anyone or engage in violent behavior by anyone in the union. I’ve only ever been encouraged to stand up for myself and support other members of my community.

  31. My opinion, it is always easy to play quarterback by chair. In order to work for change, you have to work for it. Hoping something does not happen will not make it not happen. If we want a contract which we feel supports us as team members, and OHSU as the place we love to work, then we have to put in the time and effort to make it happen.

    There is nothing at all wrong with using our voices, stating how we feel and supporting one another.

    If we do not stand for each other, than who will?

    I have not seen hate, and for someone to suggest they feel there could be violence has a very skewed perception of what is happening.

    I see facts, logic, and real life scenarios to the changes OHSU is wanting. I have not heard nor seen anything I perceive as hate or nastiness.

    As for feeding or cleaning up homeless camps, I say this is an attempt to derail what we are trying to accomplish. This has nothing to do with our rally. Of course we need to help. Personally, I do help. However, it is not appropriate to lay this on us as if we are doing something wrong by holding a rally.

    I hope whoever wrote that piece understands we are trying to help each other.

  32. I have to say, my #1 hard NO is to PTO.
    A friend of mine (UA employee ) who was so busy she was dropping vacation hours off her accumulation, decided to cash out 80 of those hours and filed the paperwork. She was then told a few weeks later that OHSU wasn’t renewing her contract (after 23 years of excellent service and 3 years from retirement). She left and didn’t get the 80 hours of vacation cash out ‘because that check is cut in August and if you are not an employee at that time you forfeit your cash out”. And, of course, she only got 50% of her remaining vacation time in her final check.
    I remember several companies going to PTO a decade or so ago. What that meant at the time was all your vacation and sick hours were put into one bank and it was up to your discretion how you used that time. Not this weird, finagled, crappy system OHSU is trying to force down our throats.
    NO to PTO!!!!

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