Mediation Update: July 19 — Impasse Declared

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Our bargaining team started the day by developing a comprehensive package supposal, which we presented to the management team at approximately 11:00 a.m. During this presentation, we let OHSU’s representatives know that we were willing to declare impasse if the following were included in their response to our supposal:

  • PTO
  • Health-insurance take-backs
  • Tiered language that would pit employees against one another (i.e., different benefits and wage increases for employees based on hourly salary or hire date).

In the late afternoon, OHSU presented a supposal that did not meet the above criteria. After extended discussion about the ramifications, the Local 328 bargaining team declared impasse at 6:15 p.m.

What happens next? On Tuesday, July 23, our team will meet to develop and cost our last, best, final offer on economic proposals. This offer will need to be presented to OHSU by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, July 29. At that point the mandatory 30-day cooling-off period will begin. Additional mediation with the OHSU team will be scheduled to take place soon after the start of the cooling-off period.

For more than six months, AFSCME Local 328 has conducted surveys, visited worksites, hosted town halls and listened to our members’ feedback — our bargaining team took that to heart, and we tried our best to negotiate a fair contract at the table. We know what’s at stake, so we didn’t settle for a substandard contract. We understand that OHSU’s proposed take-backs will hurt our represented employees and families. We know that a fair contract will help our members give the best care to OHSU’s patients and the best support to OHSU’s research and academic missions. We’re disappointed that OHSU’s executive decision-makers didn’t recognize that.

Now more than ever, we need EVERYONE to come together to fight for a fair contract. It’s imperative that our members participate in the following events:

  • Informational Picket
    • Thursday, August 8, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., Mac Hall lawn
    • Family, friends and non-AFSCME-represented coworkers are invited to attend! Snacks and water will be provided. RSVP here.
  • Strike-Info Town Hall
    • Wednesday, August 14, 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m., UHS 8B60
    • Get information about the voting process, strike preparation and next steps. Sign up to help us get out the vote!
  • Strike-Authorization Vote
    • Monday, August 19, through Thursday, August 29
    • Voting will take place online as well as in-person on Marquam Hill and various off-site locations.

93 thoughts on “Mediation Update: July 19 — Impasse Declared”

  1. Disappointed with OHSU management is an understatement. Thank you for standing up for us. I should have another member today.

    I’ll be out all next week, but I’ll try to get an email out to my team this weekend so they have the details.

  2. We won’t settle for a substandard contract! Thank you for representing what we want a fair contract. Is it really so much to ask? Apparently. Ready to play hardball.

  3. Thank you for trying! We stand with you!

    OHSU- better brush up on those ultrasound skills! You aren’t anything without ultrasound and pharmacy. We will see you from the strike line. We are ready for this, we hope you are.


  4. So grateful for the AFSCME bargaining team and all that they are fighting for.
    My disappointment in OHSU is hard to put into words. It hurts to think that we are being pushed to make such a huge decision that will largely impact our patients and/or our own livelihoods……a very hard decision for ALL of us in patient care to make.

    Now it is more important than ever for us to stand strong together!

  5. They’re playing chicken with the key pieces that keep OHSU running. Let’s see them try to run the organization without us.

    You bite us we bite back.

  6. Thank you members for all of your support. This was not a decision that we took lightly. Defending our contract is everyone’s responsibility & now more then ever, we need each and every member to dig deep and stand firm. We need you & everyone you know to show up for the picket August 8th 4-6pm at Mac hall like you showed up for the rally. We will not be silenced!

  7. The sad thing is management doesn’t even seem to care about what will be broken by this. They will never get back the employee trust and sense of ownership in OHSU that they are so ready to sacrifice. Their proposals are so utterly callous and, honestly, given the inflation in Portland over the last decade, inhuman. Do they honestly think that can be recovered if they force employees to strike so workers can afford their medications and pay their rent? Management talks about the importance of a positive corporate culture all the time. Well, the path they are currently choosing will fundamentally alter OHSU’s culture for years.

    Trust is not easily recovered once it is broken. It will be decades before anything management says about employee welfare will be believed by the employees. Workers won’t feel invested or respected, and nobody goes the extra mile for an employer who actively seeks to drive down their workers standard of living. There is so much more at stake here than just financial issues, and management seems completely blind to that.

    1. We’re saddened by this as well, Chris. Even though our trust in OHSU has been broken by this process, our solidarity with each other has only gotten stronger and that is what we must focus on. To quote one of our members, “Our strength is in our diversity.” We are 7000 people strong, we must now put our trust in one another and continue to defend our right for a fair contract. See you at the picket August 8th 4-6pm Mac Hall fountain.

    1. Derrick-One of the best things that has come out of this process is the support that we have received from our non-AFSCME colleges. We are stronger together, no matter what Union you belong to, or what degree you hold. We are all here for the same reason. To ensure that OHSU is the best possible healthcare institution and that starts with us. We are defending good jobs and a talented workforce for our community. We are OHSU. Be sure to tell them about the rally on August 8th!

  8. I stand with my fellow elected bargaining team members in saying that these takebacks in back to back huge profit years are insulting. I view them as class warfare and bullying. Thank you to all the members who have supported us in these last few trying months. Now we act.

  9. OHSU has sent a clear message that they do NOT care about patients or their employees well-being! They chose to WASTE money on a marathon sponsorship instead of investing it in their employees — REALLY? Since OHSU loves media attention, let’s see how much they love the attention they get when the media covers our STRIKE!

  10. Well I hope each Management member of the bargaining team is brushing up on their skills.They will be doing our jobs,if they know how.My guess is they won’t have jobs,when they fail .

    1. Hi Tammy! You might be onto something, but we really hope it doesn’t come down to a strike and one way we might be to avoid that is if we have a massive turnout at the picket! August 8th, 4-6PM Mac Hall fountain. See you there!

  11. Thank you bargaining team for standing strong. It’s a bummer that this is what it has come to, but now is the time to show our solidarity.

  12. A big thank you to our bargaining team for the continued dedication to its AFSCME union members asks and needs.

    I’m pregnant and this life change has been an unending source of happiness in our family and to even consider OHSU unshakable stance on take backs at this moment in our life truly makes me sick.
    I, along with my coworkers in “critical function roles” are ready to strike!

  13. I have 2 questions.

    1. Does it help to have non-OHSU employees at the rally? I can definitely get a handful of people to come out, but is having them there helpful to our cause?

    2. At what point do you get the media involved, and what affect does that have on OHSU?

    Keep up the good work! Your hard work, patience and commitment to our cause are truly admirable.

    1. Yes, it absolutely helps to have non-OHSU employees come to the rally! It shows that we have the support of the community, not just the support of our coworkers.

      You can expect media involvement now that impasse has been declared.

  14. Saying I’m disappointed in OHSU is an understatement! Record profits and not willing to share the wealth, take back after take back…

    I’m ready to STRIKE!

  15. It’s really too bad that it’s come to this point. Thank you sooooo much for sticking it out and not backing down. Your efforts are appreciated!

  16. Not much else needs to be said. Thank you bargaining team for doing what you’re doing. Let’s get the word out and stand together!

  17. I, too, am sorry that OHSU has degenerated so much from the wonderful company I joined over 12 years ago. I will be at the picket and will strike if need be. I’ll have to live off credit cards to do so, but I will do what I need to to make sure that the current employees along with future employees get the respect we deserve for all the work, dedication and life blood we give to OHSU and our careers.

    1. Thank you Terri. A strike will be hard on everybody, patients included. Hopefully we can get our point across at the picket on August 8th and it won’t come to that.

  18. So sad that OHSU has no respect for their employees! We are what makes up OHSU!!!
    Lets stand together!!!! Im ready lets do this!

  19. I’m in! My heart skipped a beat when I saw 31 comments posted already. Such an easy way to show our support.
    P.S. I’ve been adding AFSCME pins to a bulletin board and they are going fast. Now is the time to wear them! Another simple way to let others know you’re watching bargaining. I wore my little pin to a county fair yesterday and it actually sparked a few conversations ending with the Bonus Club does not work well with others.
    Take care everyone!

  20. This is disappointing to say the least. Each of us makes sacrifices each and every day for OHSU, its patients and each other, and while I always feel the support from coworkers and gratitude from our patients, OHSU just seems to feel we are all just lucky to have a job there. They are calling our bluff, and we have to stay together or we all are doomed ……Solidarity!!

  21. It’s funny, hiring a bunch of temp nurses is one thing. How on earth do they plan on hiring people to run the entire hospital? I cannot wait to see them try. We can get new jobs, their reputation WILL NEVER RECOVER. I am disgusted by the CFO and management in charge of this negotiation. Our department manager is on our side, our doctors are on our side. We are UNION STRONG. Despite the anger that I feel, I am very proud of this union, my peers, and our strength. We will not back down, this is the moment we have been waiting for. Taking one back for us; for all our long hours, our extra workloads, our families, our mental health, and our rising bills. We are human, what we are asking for is fair. We are asking for wages that match the our rising costs of living, affordable healthcare, and a PTO package that is fair. OHSU you got our attention, we are sick of take backs. We deserve better. We are ready to fight, and you are putting us in the position to gather our arms. Just remember, you did this.

    1. Marie, you’re absolutely right. Our union is incredibly powerful when we stand together. We really hope we don’t have to strike, but if we do, it might very well be one of the largest strikes that Portland has seen in decades. In the meantime, let’s ficus on getting all 7000 of us to show up at the picket on August 8th 4-6pm MAC Hall fountain. Bring your families, friends, neighbors etc!

    2. Amen! It will cost ohsu a fortune (someone’s outrageous bonus) to staff a strike. I work on an inpatient unit and know RNs could make really big bucks (CNI=critical need incentive) covering the need for a lack of AFSCME staff. I love my unit’s team for their dedication to provide excellent care for our patients. We are very rarely overstaffed and usually crazy busy. And then there’s EVS, food services, admitting, scheduling, etc. OHSU just might have to “divert” patient$ to other hospitals. 500+ inpatient/surgery beds daily might take a dive. So be it.

        1. When nurses went on strike years ago OHSU dropped occupancy down below 50% AND hired strike breakers, paying to put them in hotels and hiring charter busses to bring them on campus. Our construction union employees would not cross the picket line, so that put all projects behind.

          Teamsters offered temporary warehouse work if people needed the cash (it was just before Christmas)

  22. OHSU, it’s CFO, President and Board members (Stacy excluded) have broken with the social contract and turned their backs on the ideals of equity, generosity, honor, respect and acting in interest of the public good by allowing such terrible OHSU proposals. The proposals endorse corporate and executive greed at the expense of public health and individual dignity. The proposals refuse to acknowledge and support the importance of social determinants of health. The proposals are a slap in the face as take backs during record profit.
    We are many. We are strong together!
    If not now, when?
    If not YOU, who?
    Get out and picket on the 8th!
    Figure out how to vote August 19-29th!
    Get your co-workers to do the same!

  23. The problem really is the profits & CEO bonuses.

    If OHSU is going to take back so much from us now, and give us such a weak, “Well, uh, costs are up too,” rebuttal now, what are they going to take from us in lean times? Accepting their proposals would set such a dangerous precedent for future bargaining.

  24. According to my department steward, the last time we went on strike (which was years ago), it lasted a whopping 4 hours before leadership caved (little-known fact). I’m not sure why so many people are bemoaning the prospect of a strike or assuming that they’re going to have to whip out their credit cards to make ends meet…if it isn’t clear already, we have WAY more power than you think, people. You do realize we have critical function employees in our union, correct? If critical function employees go dark, the hospital goes dark. I hear it would be pretty hard to run a hospital without say…a Core Lab. Honestly, I relish the opportunity to strike. I’m a critical function employee, and I am ready to strike at a moment’s notice. Heck, I’ll strike for the next 30 days. Small price to pay for a modicum of decency and respect. Honestly, I don’t think we’re asking for enough.

    1. The 1995 strike lasted longer than 4 hours—I believe it was 4 days. OHSU then and OHSU now are so different—I don’t think the last strike can provide much insight into what a strike would be like today. Local 328 currently represents more employees than the total number of OHSU employees in 1995. There were no satellite clinics, no South Waterfront campus, no partnerships with other hospitals, and fewer buildings on Marquam Hill (no DCH, HRC, KPV, or BRB). OHSU had just left the state system and hadn’t yet become a corporate behemoth. It didn’t have the current CFO. It wasn’t focused on growth for growth’s sake or on chasing profits to the detriment of everything else.

      That being said, we DO have a lot of power. During a strike, OHSU would have to divert patients and cancel elective procedures; they would also pay a premium to bring in some “replacement workers.” A strike would hurt OHSU financially. The various lawsuits OHSU is currently facing and the collapse of the heart-transplant program have eroded some of the public’s trust—a strike would do the same. It will involve sacrifice for many of our members, though. But we stand to lose a lot more under OHSU’s proposed take-backs—both financially and in terms of respect. OHSU doesn’t need to make these take-backs—it can give its employees a fair contract and remain profitable. We hope that OHSU recognizes that over the coming weeks.

      We hope you can join us for the informational picket on August 8th!

  25. To say that I am disappointed in OHSU is a complete understatement. I have immense pride in working here and serving the population I serve, but Management’s actions are exceedingly disrespectful – not only to the AFSCME represented employees, but to the colleagues, patients and community we serve everyday. If there truly was any commitment to the patients we serve, Management would know that to take care of your employees is to take care of your customers, but it appears they are only fueled by corporate greed.

    I thank the bargaining team immensely for listening to your members and standing strong in the face of (insulting) take backs! I truly appreciate all the time, energy and effort you have spent in and outside of the bargaining room with our best interests at heart. I have been inspired by the dedication I’ve seen from our bargaining team and I am incredibly proud and honored to be represented at the bargaining table by you all.

    Knowing that my livelihood depends on it, knowing that I can’t afford NOT to strike, I will be there for the informational picket and I am ready to vote to authorize a strike. Many, many of my colleagues have expressed the same sentiments – we will stand united against the disrespect, take-backs, and terrible proposals intended to take our livelihood from us and line the pockets of those in power.

    OHSU, I hope you’re ready for the ramifications of disrespecting 7000+ employees – I know the (local and national) news outlets can’t wait to cover a strike of this magnitude.


    1. Teresa, if a patient asks what is going on, it’s OK to be honest and give them an update. Telling them that we are working without a contract, we have reached an impasse in the bargaining process and are doing everything we can to avoid a strike is perfectly fine. However, as far as informing patients personally, if/when we strike, that is not something that Our union will do. If it does come down to a strike and patients need to be rescheduled, that is OHSU’s job. Additionally, we can expect quite a bit of media coverage in the coming months, especially if we authorize a strike after the strike authorization vote which will take place August 19-29th, so the public will be made aware of what is going on.

  26. So will someone comment on the email we just got from HR? It said OHSU’s proposal ceded to continue covering 100% employee-only insurance, the lower-cost plan that had been mentioned previously,
    no spousal surcharge, no wage increase differential to split the bargaining unit, PTO optional for existing employees (applies to all new hires).

    Wherein lies the truth of the 7/19 session?

    1. Hi Matthew. We don’t feel that OHSU’s post is an accurate representation of what transpired on Friday. After we consult with our attorney and other AFSCME leadership, we’ll send an email to members on Monday explaining why we declared impasse rather than countering OHSU’s supposal.

      1. Thank you. I was wondering that too. OHSU’s email made it sound like they were meeting most of AFSCME’s demands, so I’ll be interested to learn more details about the process of declaring impasse.

      2. Thank you! I was worried about their email and how it makes things look to people who are not paying close attention to the bargaining.

  27. OHSU has been preparing for strike. I will be working during the rally, but will wear lots of union garb to work. I think we should all wear AFSME green, T-shirts, hats (if you have them), stickers ect…. Just walk threw the halls in union garb to show support.

    1. Where do I get AFSCME gear? I have an old AFSCME T-shirt which is gray but I think the green is more noticeable.

      I was here in 1995 for the 4-day strike. I picketed at the loading dock somewhere off the hill and there was a huge crowd of picketers chanting and cheering. It was an unforgettable experience.

      I am glad to hear that the doctors and faculty are supportive. In 1995 the medical director of our department Told us to strike. It was amazing. I never see doctors or faculty now, so it’s good to know some are cheering us on.

      I want to thank the bargaining team for all their hard work, hours and hours of negotiating and planning. I support the strike–I agree I’d rather have a happy ending, but if it comes to it, I’ll be back on the picket line.

  28. I’m a mother of an OHSU employee. I am also a retired hospital nurse. I have been closely following this contract negotiation, and have never been more disappointed. I’m an outsider looking in. I’m of the age where my friends and I are choosing where to get our hips, knees, and heart valves replaced. Watching my daughter throughout this process has given me a severe distrust and disgust for OHSU. I worked 30 years as a nurse in a non-union hospital. The difference between then and now, they treated us well. They respected the employees, we didn’t need a union. There weren’t huge obnoxious executive bonuses, we had great benefits, we were paid well, our vacation & sick time was appropriate. I choose where to get my healthcare, and I choose to get it at a hospital that respects its employees. I will not support OHSU’s corporate bonuses. I will be very vocal to all my friends that I support AFSCME. I will be with my daughter on the strike line. OHSU needs to learn to give respect to get it. This is no way to treat the people who run your hospital.

  29. I support the union but I know for a fact OHSU is making some offers. I’m not saying we should accept them but why is the union not being clear with what OHSU is offering? I for one would be happy to go to a PTO model. I think a lot of the people that dislike the PTO model are tier 1/2 employees who already earn more vacation being grandfathered in to the old accruals and wouldn’t even be affected since Tier1/2 are wouldn’t be in the PTO model.

    If we have to strike, I’ll be with the union but I also want to make sure every last option is exhausted and declaring an impasse was a major step without a union vote.

    1. Our union has been clear about what has transpired at the bargaining table. OHSU has presented (a) packaged proposals that must be accepted on an all-or-none basis—including any unpalatable proposals that have been grouped with more appealing concessions and (b) supposals that are non-binding and usually confidential. This is also what Local 328 has presented; in addition, we presented some individual proposals (unpackaged) on July 2. A great deal of the back-and-forth during mediation is confidential—we’ve always shared as much information with our members as possible.

      While there are certainly some members who would prefer a PTO system to the current VAC/SIK system, the vast majority of our membership is strongly opposed to PTO. That opposition has been consistent since before bargaining started through the present, and it’s definitely not only PERS Tier 1 & 2 folks who aren’t interested in PTO. (Also, there are many Tier 1 & 2 employees who aren’t in the old accrual structure — that’s one of the reasons our union has proposed additional vacation days for all employees who don’t receive those higher accruals.)

      Declaring impasse is something that is decided on by a bargaining team, not voted on by a union’s members. Members do vote on whether to authorize a strike. We agree that a strike should be undertaken as a last resort, and we’ve stated that consistently since the beginning. We’ve also been clear throughout this process that we wouldn’t rush into declaring impasse. As late as July 12, we stated “Again, we’re still in mediation. We’re not at impasse. We don’t yet know what OHSU’s bottom line is. Our goal has always been to get our members a fair contract with no take-backs and that remains our goal, so we’ll participate in mediation as long as we’re seeing progress toward that goal. … Although it might not seem like it from the outside, movement is being made (albeit slowly), so it makes sense to continue with mediation at this time. There’s too much at stake to rush the process.“ Declaring impasse on July 19 was not a decision that we made lightly.

      Being at impasse doesn’t mean that the next step is a strike at the end of the cooling-off period. We’re legally required to continue meeting with OHSU in the coming weeks, and we’re looking forward to doing so — our union still wants to reach a fair settlement for our members without needing to go on strike. While our bargaining team does that, we’ll need all of our members to show their support and their willingness to withhold their labor if it comes to that. A strong showing at the informational picket on August 8 will help us at the table — we appreciate your support and hope that you’ll be able to join us at the picket!

    2. Hi Adam,

      I’m tier 2. I have plenty of time in both banks. If I need a vacation day, I take a vacation day. If I need a sick day, I take a sick day.

      If the PTO system were eventually approved by PERS, it would mean I — effectively — need to take vacation for the first five days if I’m sick. That’s not right. Also, they’re changing the payout to — I think it would be 50% of 80 hours (ultimately — there’s a transition period) upon leaving. That’s not right. That’s time I earned.

      This has nothing to do with being tier 2 and everything to do with the logistics of the program, as described right now, by OHSU. There is no benefit to me to change programs.

      And that reminds me — I need to record my time in Kronos.

  30. Have you seen the OHSU response sent to all AFSCME represented folks this morning:
    On Friday, July 19, the OHSU and AFSCME bargaining teams concluded their sixth day of mediation in negotiations on a new contract. We are disappointed to report that AFSCME chose to unilaterally declare impasse.
    AFSCME made this decision despite having another mediation session scheduled for this coming Tuesday, and after receiving another mediation proposal in which OHSU made significant movement toward AFSCME’s position on three primary issues. This is the first time OHSU and AFSCME have reached impasse in 20 years.
    OHSU values the hard work of our thousands of employees who work across our three public missions – education, research and health care. OHSU remains fully committed to a fair contract that honors that work and provides competitive, comprehensive benefits for our valued AFSCME-represented employees.
    How mediation progressed on Friday
    Early Friday, AFSCME presented their framework for an agreement in the form of a settlement concept. They stated that they would not accept an agreement with 1) any health insurance cost sharing beyond that already in the contract; 2) any proposal that treated groups differently (including higher wage increases for lower wage employees), and; 3) PTO.
    OHSU responded in kind with a settlement concept that addressed these three areas as follows:
    Health insurance costs
    • No “take-backs.” OHSU agreed to retain the current language in the contract related to health insurance cost sharing. This means those employees who are enrolled in employee-only coverage in the core benefit plans would continue to pay nothing in monthly premiums.
    • In addition, OHSU proposed a solution for a new, lower-cost health plan option recently approved by the EBC that, if selected by an employee, would provide both employer and employee savings including extra benefit dollars of $25-$75 per month to be used toward other insurance benefits or flexible spending deposit.
    • OHSU also increased the opt-out dollars by $50 a month for those employees who opt out of OHSU’s benefit plan.
    • OHSU withdrew the spousal surcharge.
    Caring for lower-wage workers
    • OHSU offered to withdraw its proposals that would provide higher wage increases to employees at the lower end of the wage scale, which AFSCME stated it views as “splitting the bargaining unit.” Withdrawing higher wage increases for lower-wage employees was a difficult decision, as OHSU recognizes employees who work in lower-paying positions face increased financial challenges. However, out of respect for the union bargaining team’s position and in the interest of getting an agreement, we instead proposed a hardship fund that would be administered by AFSCME.
    Paid Time Off transition
    • OHSU proposed a significant compromise on the PTO program: making it optional for current AFSCME-represented employees. If you prefer a PTO model and the flexibility it provides, you could choose to opt in to the program. If you prefer the existing vacation and sick leave system and want to keep it, you could do so. There would be no PTO for PERS Tier 1 and Tier 2 members. Moving forward, the PTO program would apply to all new hires.
    AFSCME did not respond to OHSU’s last offer other than to declare impasse. You can read more about what impasse means and what happens next in this FAQ.
    We understand you may have a lot of questions; in addition to the FAQ linked above, please reach out to your manager or send an email to
    OHSU remains committed to working with AFSCME to reach agreement on a new contract. We will continue to keep you and the OHSU community updated as we work toward that goal.
    The OHSU management bargaining team,
    Hollie Hemenway, Human Resources
    Emily Boring, Delivery and Fleet Services
    Carolyn Bruebaker Moore, Pediatrics Ambulatory
    Patrick Frengle, Central Financial Services
    Amar Khouma, Information Technology Group
    Steve Osgood, Core Labs
    Haley Sands, Operating Rooms
    Paul Southerton, Retail Food Services
    Amy Wood, Human Resources
    Esperanza Zozobrado, Sterile Processing
    Michael Brunet, Garvey Schubert Barer (legal counsel)

    1. We don’t feel that OHSU’s post is an accurate representation of what transpired on Friday. After we consult with our attorney and other AFSCME leadership, we’ll send an email to members on Monday explaining why we declared impasse rather than countering OHSU’s supposal.

  31. Brace yourselves OHSU plants are coming …
    On a brighter note my sons are looking forward to spending sometime with me on line and standing up to bullies to make the world a little better.

    1. Are you saying you look forward to a strike? For me strike means no vacation next year or worse yet missing a mortgage payment. I’m not a plant. I’m a paying member. I’m also terrified of going on strike. If that’s what it comes to then I’ll be there with everyone else but I’m not looking forward to it.

  32. Do what it takes to get every warm body possible to the picket on August 8th! Some big effort now can save us so much down the road. Beg your siblings to come, arrange a work party, the time is set for after the 3:30 shift ends and before the 19:00 shift begins, so find a way to come. Arrange child care if necessary!

    I was part of the strike in ‘95, and I, too do not want a strike. I hope that everyone votes! And that each member carefully searches their conscience and their budget. I hope that those that vote to strike do so ONLY if they are prepared to do what it takes. I have fears that hot heads will vote to strike, but then keep working to avoid the financial burden of missing work.

    I bought a second freezer and have been stock piling food. I paid off some credit cards and have been skipping entertainment options to save up money. This has been a long time coming.

  33. Unless we are willing to strike, OHSU has no incentive to give us a far contract now or in the future. We must be willing to stand up to them and demand a fair contract. They cannot function without us and we will show them that.

    AUGUST 8TH 4-6PM
    This is a picket, you do not have to be silent this time. Use your voice and your physical presence to send a message to OHSU that we do not want to strike, we just want to be treated with respect so that we can continue to do the jobs that we love!

  35. The email OHSU sent out on Sunday was a smoke screen – a ruse to disguise their real intentions! They gave us a few nuggets to make us think they offered exactly what we asked for, but deliberately left off the FINE PRINT. It was written like a finely crafted legal document, it sounds good on the surface, but if you don’t get a magnifying glass and read the fine print, you pay for it later! They chose their words carefully to try and divide us. We need to stand together now stronger than ever! SOLIDARITY August 8th!!!

  36. My department will NOT be able to function with out their AFSCME employees. I work in a specialty lab that no one could be trained quickly in and I do not think a temp could do all the work. I do know they are looking for a temp to cover the bare bones part of our lab but that is only about 25% of the work we do here the other 75% will go undone. Some tests cannot be performed anywhere else in the state. Bring it on OHSU. While I’m not stoked about striking I will do what is necessary for our rights. Let’s do this!

  37. The email from OHSU about bargaining was so misleading!! Please reach out to your group and let them know that they can find more robust information on the AFSCME blog! Also – this was the ONLY post on OHSU Now that does NOT allow comments. Why? Because they don’t want our voices to be heard to the rest of the community at OHSU. So, if we can’t speak online – SPEAK AT THE PICKET!

    1. That’s a great observation, Jennie. One thing that’s been clear through this process is that they don’t want to hear from us. We don’t even get a post-it note this time.

  38. Clearly the email that was sent out by OHSU points the finger at Afscme.My grandma always said,if you point your finger at someone you have 3 fingers pointing back at you.Thank you bargaining team,we stand behind you 100%.

  39. OHSU has now added their email (sent only to AFSCME employees – what BS) to the O2 page – streaming across the middle.
    I encourage the AFSCME leadership to respond quickly to this.

  40. I’m quickly losing any and all trust in my employer during these contract negotiations, the fact that they have comments turned off on their likely misleading post is incredibly disrespectful and shady. I’ll be there on August 8th and will encourage my coworkers to attend as well. Not too poor to strike! Solidarity!

  41. we have only seen the one across the board pay increases from OHSU and they were pathetic. When will we know what those offers have been?

  42. I cannot believe the post from OHSU. I don’t know who is writing their emails; but they are immature, manipulative, and attempting to pit us against AFSCME. Sorry OHSU, it’s not working. We trust our union, we DO NOT trust you. You can send out as many emails as you want, you can block our comments, but you won’t break us. This hospital crumbling. We aren’t great because you all sit at your desk collecting bonuses. OHSU is great because of US, the people who work here. You will not retain the level of employees if you keep chipping away at the contract. The good benefits package used to be the only plus of working at OHSU.

    We are ready to strike.
    We are worth it.
    We are not afraid.

  43. Greetings all,
    Please tell us where to find AFSCME
    shirts. A bulk order plan might be helpful. I’d be happy to help with distribution.

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