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Bargaining-Session Update: March 5

Bargaining-Session Summary

The Local 328 and OHSU bargaining teams met for the second time on March 5. Our union proposed changes to nine sections of the contract, including:

  • Providing free transit passes (TriMet, C-TRAN, etc.) to AFSCME-represented employees
  • Broadening layoff language to protection employees affected by FTE increases (not just FTE decreases)
  • Requiring departments without computer access to post printed schedules 28 days in advance, indicating both where and when employees will be working
  • Requiring that initiatives and projects developed jointly between OHSU and our union are co-branded
  • Allowing represented employees to file complaints about such matters as sexual harassment, discrimination, etc. directly with our union (rather than using only OHSU or state reporting methods)
  • Preserving election leave for employees working in states that don’t have vote by mail

OHSU proposed changes to a number of sections of the contract, including requiring that cab fare home after mandatory overtime will be reimbursed rather than paid for up front, adding to the language about unauthorized language and making some non-substantive changes. 

The teams exchanged counterproposals today and reached tentative agreements on nine sections of the contract.

Get Involved/Stay Informed

Be on the lookout next week for bargaining-themed buttons and a “Bargaining Support Ideas” trifold brochure. 

Stop by one of Local 328’s bargaining Q&A tables for swag and information. Tables are currently scheduled as follows:

  • Thurs., March 14, CHH 3171, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
  • Thurs., March 21, BICC Gallery, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Wed., March 27, UHS 8B60, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
  • Fri., March 29, CHH 3171, 12 noon – 1:00 p.m.
  • Thurs., April 11, CHH 3171, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Wed., April 17, BICC Gallery, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Wed, April 24, UHS 8B60, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Please regularly check and comment on the updates posted to our Facebook page and our blog. You may also ask questions of your unit steward or other union contact, or email questions to bargaining@local328.orgIf you wish to observe all or part of a bargaining session, email Matt Hilton at president@local328.org in advance to make arrangements. To arrange a worksite visit for you and your coworkers to give feedback and ask questions about bargaining, use the Contact Us form on the Local 328 website. 

Bargaining-Session Update: Feb. 26

Bargaining-Session Update

The Local 328 and OHSU bargaining teams met for the first time on Tuesday, February 26. Our union proposed changes to more than a dozen sections of the contract, including:

  • Broadening the definition of family, to include more than just “traditional” immediate family members (applies to bereavement leave and use of sick time)
  • Expanding when bereavement leave can be taken and adding the option to take bereavement leave unpaid (rather than requiring the use of accruals)
  • Streamlining the grievance and arbitration processes (reducing the number of steps in some cases, asking for more notice when union representation is needed, prescheduling arbitrators)
  • Increasing the number of hours our stewards and officers have available to assist our represented employees and strengthen our union

Formal negotiations with OHSU ended mid-day. The Local 328 bargaining team spent the rest of the day in caucus and participating in debriefing exercises.

Stay Informed

We sent a lot of emails this week, but don’t worry — we won’t bombard you with emails going forward. You can expect a weekly email summarizing what happened during the bargaining session. We may also send an a occasional email letting you know about any upcoming activities or bargaining actions.

In addition, a short video report will be posted to our Facebook page each Tuesday evening after the day’s negotiations and caucusing have ended. You can also find updates here on our blog. We strongly encourage you to regularly check — and comment on — these reports and updates. You are also encouraged to ask questions of your unit steward or other union contact, as well as email questions to bargaining@local328.org.

Get Involved

Our union encourages members to observe our sessions. If you wish to observe all or part of a bargaining session, email Local 328 president Matt Hilton in advance to make arrangements. Please note that this must be done on your own time (i.e., using vacation time or on off-time, rather than on the clock).

Local 328’s ground team would love to set up a bargaining Q&A table at your worksite to get feedback and answer any questions you and your coworkers have about bargaining. To arrange a worksite visit, use the Contact Us form on the Local 328 website.

PRESS RELEASE: AFSCME Local 328 Calls upon OHSU to Negotiate a Fair Contract

February 26, 2019

PORTLAND, OR — AFSCME Local 328 began contract negotiations with Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) today, with the two bargaining teams meeting weekly over the next several months to develop a successor agreement for the current contract, which expires June 30, 2019.

With AFSCME-represented employees working in numerous OHSU clinical, research and academic locations, these negotiations will have ramifications for workers not just in the Portland metro area, but also in Ashland, Astoria, Monmouth, Scappoose and Longview, WA. Local 328 understands the broad impact their contract will have on the community and is focused on negotiating a contract that will allow their represented employees to best support OHSU and the community.

While OHSU has been operating on various levels of cost containment since January 2017, departments and employees have been expected to do more with less; however, OHSU currently enjoys unparalleled growth and record-setting profits.

The last two contracts with Local 328 have seen OHSU shift pension costs to employees by as much as 6 percent of base salary, as well as lengthen by 30 percent the amount of time it takes an employee to reach the top of the pay scale. In a 2018 survey conducted by the union, almost four in ten Local 328 members reported difficulty paying their rent or mortgage, with a similar number reporting having moved at least once in the previous five years in order to find more affordable housing. More than 15 percent of survey respondents reported spending more than 50 percent of their income on housing.

“Will shared sacrifice result in shared prosperity? What sort of responsibility does a public medical institution have in relation to its own employees’ health and well-being? As more and more families are struggling, employees simply will not tolerate additional attempts to shift costs onto them” said AFSCME Local 328 president Matt Hilton. “AFSCME Local 328 calls upon OHSU to show that it values its employees as much as it does prestige, by bargaining a fair contract that shares the rewards of success” continued Hilton.


AFSCME Local 328 represents approximately 7,000 OHSU employees in more than 300 job classifications. Represented positions range from pharmacists to food service workers, environmental services technicians to database administrators, medical assistants to HVAC control technicians. The sole academic medical center in the State of Oregon, OHSU is the fourth largest employer in the state and the largest employer in Portland. OHSU sees more than 319,000 patients each year, has more than 5,500 students and trainees and offers more than 200 community health programs through Oregon. AFSCME members help OHSU meet its vision of improving the health and well-being of Oregonians and beyond.

Union and Management Bargaining Teams Announced

By Matt Hilton

Greetings Brothers and Sisters of AFSCME Local 328,

As you are likely aware, our union begins bargaining with OHSU on February 26. We’d like to introduce our team as well as list the members of the management team.

Local 328 Bargaining Team:

The members of the AFSCME Local 328 team are:

  • Matt Hilton, Local 328 President & Chief Spokesperson (Call Center Representative, IT.Call Center Operations)
  • Ashley Larkin (Physical Therapist, HC.8A Rehab)
  • Casey Parr (Respiratory Care Practitioner 2, HC.Respiratory Therapy)
  • Claire Irvan (Program Technician 1, HC.Centralized Managed Care & Price Estimates)
  • Haley Wolford (Vet Research/Health Tech 3, PC.Non-Primate Op)
  • Jennifer Barker (Financial Analyst 1, CR.Oregon Institute Of Occupational Health Sciences)
  • Jim Cherveny (Respiratory Care Practitioner 2, HC.Respiratory Therapy)
  • Karyn Trivette (Physical Therapist, HC.8A Rehab)
  • Kasey Zimmer-Stuckey (Ultrasound Technologist, HC.Ultrasound Service)
  • Michael Stewart (Medical Assistant 1, HC.Internal Medicine Clinic)
  • Mike Bandy (Sr. Building Systems Control Tech, FO.FM Utilities Maintenance)
  • Roger Clark (Pharmacist, HC.InpatientPharmacy)
  • Kate Baker (Staff, AFSCME Council 75)

The members of the OHSU management team are:

  • Amar Khouma (HC Professional Services Apps Manager)
  • Amy Wood (HR Business Partner)
  • Carolyn Bruebaker Moore (Pediatric Ambulatory Care Director)
  • Emily Boring (Delivery & Fleet Services Manager)
  • Esperanza Zozobrado (Sterile Processing Director)
  • Haley Sands (Nurse Manager 2)
  • Hollie Hemenway (HR & Employee/Labor Relations Director)
  • Patrick Frengle (Financial Consultant)
  • Paul Southerton (Retail Food Service Manager)
  • Steve Osgood (Core Lab Manager)
  • Mike Brunet, chief spokesperson (Garvey Schubert Barer)
  • Brian Morrison, ex-officio advisor (Garvey Schubert Barer)

Please send any bargaining-related feedback or questions to bargaining@local328.org.

Stronger together,

Matt Hilton, President, AFSCME Local 328