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Stand Together

Updated On: Jul 22, 2014 (09:30:00)

by Todd Flannery AFSCME 328 Shop Steward - comment on this article on our FaceBook page!

I am in my 5th year of employment and AFSCME membership. Beginning in July we will be voting for our new bargaining team for the upcoming 2015 negotiations. My thoughts are that this is going to be a long and difficult negotiation period after observing that OHSU wants more givebacks and employee cost reductions.

I came to OHSU with the understanding that I would probably have great healthcare and retirement benefits when only in the end result all I have seen is those benefits quickly start to decline. I thought if you work in healthcare that the best benefit you would get would be great healthcare. It is very evident that OHSU does not want to pay for healthcare for their employees and will continue to try not to. I believe we should have 100% coverage for employees and our family at OHSU but we all continue to scrape along and try to pay our medical bills. AFSCME members must be prepared to pay more if we don’t stand together and fight for our healthcare and retirement benefit.

As negotiations approach we should all take a look at the most recent labor battles with Portland Association of Teachers and Portland State University Faculty union.  These 2 unions stood together in solidarity and voted yes to strike and didn’t accept a first or second offer from administration. Voting yes to strike puts pressure on the administration to get back to the bargaining table and make a reasonable offer to their membership. My past 20 year involvement with the IAM (International association of Machinist) we did not ever accept first proposals from the Airline administration. Even in the roughest financial times for the Airlines we voted yes to strike and stood together behind our negotiation team to get back to the bargaining table to improve our benefits and wages.

There are several points I am trying to make here. I plan on staying at OHSU to finish my career and retire. I am sure others feel the same way as well. I am lucky enough too supported by a good manger and generally enjoy my job. What I do know is that getting any type of merit raise at OHSU is next to impossible and rarely happens these days. Our immediate manager or supervisor does not decide or have much of a say when it comes to improving our benefits and pay.  

The best option we have at OHSU to get better benefits and pay is at the bargaining table. Bargaining a new contract will not be successful unless we have full membership support and backing. Without backing and support from the membership we will again end up with less retirement benefits and pay more for health insurance.

You shouldn’t feel like your voice cannot be heard at your work place. We shouldn’t have to settle for the first, second or third offer from OHSU if it is not acceptable. The best thing our membership can do is make sure you sign that yellow AFSCME membership application card. You can ask a Navigator or a Steward for an application card. This will allow you to vote on upcoming elections and tentative bargaining agreements. Your vote counts either it be yes or no.

Here some links you can view from AFSCME 328;

http://www.local328.org/?zone=/unionactive/private_view_article.cfm&HomeID=131862&page=Local2032820Resources

Thank you, Todd Flannery AFSCME 328 Shop Steward

 

$20K Student Loan Giveaway

Updated On: Jul 11, 2014 (09:39:00)
The $20K Student Loan Giveaway is the latest way Union Plus is showing its commitment to union families and higher education. We want to put a major dent in the student loan debt of three lucky winners who will receive a grand prize of $10K or one of two $5K loan payments. Plus, more prizes of courses, consultations and books - provided by The Princeton Review - will also be awarded Read More...
CWE Center Classes!

Updated On: Jul 11, 2014 (09:43:00)

The Career and Workplace Enhancement Center has released its August class schedule. Please share this information within your area of influence as you see appropriate.

The Nature of Conflict
Tuesday, Aug. 5 from 1 to 4 p.m.; Center for Health & Healing 12181

Communication in the Workplace
Thursday, Aug. 14 from 9 a.m. to noon; Market Square Building (downtown) 902

Project Management Basics
Tuesday, Aug. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon; Mackenzie Hall 2201

Project Management: People & Teams
Tuesday, Aug. 26 from 9 a.m. to noon; Mackenzie Hall 2201

Communication Styles
Wednesday, Aug. 27 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.; Center for Health & Healing 3171

Culture & Conflict
Wednesday, Aug. 27 from 1 to 4 p.m.; Biomedical Research Building 381

Introduction to Lean
Thursday, Aug. 28 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Mackenzie Hall 2201

Bargaining Team Nominations Open

Updated On: Jul 03, 2014 (15:27:00)

Nominations for the Local 328 Bargaining Team are open. Use the orange button on the top menu bar to open the nominations form.

We urge all members to consider running. This is an opportunity open to anyone who wants to have an impact on their future at OHSU.

Only one nomination per form, if you want to make mulitple nominations you must submit mulitple forms. Only members are eligible to nominate and run for office. Fair share payers are not eligible to participate as either nominator or nominee. If you are a fair share payer and wish to convert to membership status contact Michael Stewart at stewartm@ohsu.edu .

Membership status of the person making the nomination and the nominee will be checked by our election committee before the nomination is submitted. Nominations close on Wednesday, August 6th.

When making the nomination you must specify whether you are making an "at large" nomnation or a "sector representative" nomination, The difference is that at large nominations are open to all members while sector nominations are only open to members of specific groups based on the type of work the jobs in that group do and will represent the interst of that group. You don't need to specify which sector you are nominating someone for, we will look up the sector the nominee is in and submit the nomination for that sector.

If you do not specify "sector representative" the nomination will be considered an at large nomination.

 

PTO - Should The Union Explore This In Bargaining?

Updated On: Jun 27, 2014 (09:26:00)

By Matt Hilton - This article is also posted on our tumblr blog where you may post comments and ask questions - http://local328.tumblr.com/.

Greetings Brothers and Sisters of AFSCME local 328,

We’d like to thank all of our members who submitted questions, and either attended or streamed our bargaining panel presentation.

As a friendly reminder, nominations for the bargaining team will open July 2nd and close August 6th. The election will be held August 25th thru the 29th. Please visit www.afscmelocal328.org during the applicable time periods for more information about how to nominate someone or to vote.

While we’re on the subject of bargaining, there was a topic that we wanted to discuss with our membership to determine if we should incorporate it into our bargaining strategy or not.

On the scientific survey we launched prior to our last negotiations, we asked our members how they would feel about changing our vacation and sick leave contract language into one “paid time off” (PTO) bank where employees could use any accrued leave to take time off for sick or vacation time.

Conceptually, this idea had the support of about half of our membership. The overall level of support wasn’t a mandate, but it was worth exploring.

During the course of 2012 bargaining, it became clear to our team that if we were going to advance the idea of PTO, we would need more data. How would our members feel about specific models? What if the accrual rates changed? What if OHSU insisted on  barriers before you could use your PTO?

Innovative change can be a great thing, but opening up a contract article and putting out a half baked idea can be disastrous if it’s not thought through.

As we looked at our PTO options, there were also some very significant issues OHUS had placed on the bargaining table that had to be dealt with, including attempting to forcecertain employees from hourly to salaried, unprecedented changes to pension contributions, and take backs on health care contributions.

After some extended discussion, the bargaining team acknowledged that they didn’t have the data they needed and voted to table any PTO discussion until the next negotiations. This way we could better allocate our resources to fight the urgent issues and better research and communicate with our members about PTO.

We started researching other union contracts that had contract language dealing with PTO banks. If you compared the amount of combined sick and vacation leave available to local 328 members against the PTO amounts for other locals, our contract was clearly more favorable the vast majority of the time.

If you go back far enough, OHSU and AFSCME at one point had an agreement about PTO.

 Looking at our 1996 contract, a system was in place where represented employees had a PTO bank to draw from. While the accrual rate was higher than the vacation accrual rate is now, there also was a separate sick leave bank that accrued at half the rate it does now.

Employees were able to use PTO for vacation or sick leave. However if an employee wanted to access their sick leave when they were sick, under normal circumstances, they were required to either use 16 hours of PTO or take the time unpaid (if they had exhausted their PTO bank) prior to doing so.    

When the language was being negotiated, OHSU was adamant that they would not agree to a PTO system that did not have barriers to accessing the sick leave.

Instead of it being a great new flexible system, the people who used little sick leave liked it and those that used a moderate to large amount of sick leave universally disliked it..

Employees who were chronically sick would burn thru their PTO and then face a financial hardship if they had an extended illness.

Even healthy employees were frustrated because even though they had sick time accrued, they had to use time that could have been used for vacation to cover a minor illness.

Department schedulers didn’t like it because employees had more time to request off and would also spend more time off for an illness so that they could access their sick leave.

The PTO system was removed in the subsequent contract and replaced with the system that we have today.

Looking ahead to negotiations in 2015, it is almost guaranteed that OHSU will not agree to a PTO system that has no restrictions on sick leave access and doesn’t reduce the current accrual rates. If the union was to insist on such a proposal, it is very unlikely a strong majority of our membership would be willing to strike over it.

We further believe that a strong majority of our membership would not trade the current system for a PTO system that resulted in lower accrual rates overall.

As we’re laying the ground work for our 2015 bargaining strategy, we wanted to honor the commitment made by the 2012 bargaining team to examine PTO and discuss the pragmatic realities with our membership.

What do you think?

Is the issue a non starter and shouldn’t have more resources dedicated to exploring it?

Would you be willing to trade off the current system for a PTO model if it meant you’d have less time overall?

Is there something we’ve missed?

You can look at the various models we’ve researched here (link). Are you aware of a different model that you think we should consider?

As a member driven organization, we very much value your feedback!

Thanks,
Matt Hilton

President, AFSCME local 328

Fund Raising Drive For Former Local 328 Member

Updated On: Jun 20, 2014 (09:24:00)

by Haley Wolford

A former AFSCME Local 328 member needs your support.

Matt has been diagnosed with AML, an acute form of leukemia. He's undergoing aggressive therapy and will be spending the next 4-6 weeks in the hospital. Of course, with an extended hospital stay, that will mean lots of medical bills and other expenses. 

Your much appreciated contribution will help Matt and Gabi cover costs like medical bills, lost wages, gas, and meals on the go. It will also allow them to protect their dream of a beach wedding and the money they have saved for it.

When Matt emerges triumphant, as we know he will, you will all have helped make it possible.
- See more at: http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/matt-s-army/189390#sthash.Vy3eKHGP.dpuf
Matt has been diagnosed with AML, an acute form of leukemia. He's undergoing aggressive therapy and will be spending the next 4-6 weeks in the hospital. Of course, with an extended hospital stay, that will mean lots of medical bills and other expenses. 

Your much appreciated contribution will help Matt and Gabi cover costs like medical bills, lost wages, gas, and meals on the go. It will also allow them to protect their dream of a beach wedding and the money they have saved for it.

When Matt emerges triumphant, as we know he will, you will all have helped make it possible.
- See more at: http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/matt-s-army/189390#sthash.Vy3eKHGP.dpuf

Matt is fighting leukemia and his army of supporters are here to help him along the way. Thank you so much for considering a contribution, it means the world to Matt and Gabi!

 

Matt has been diagnosed with AML, an acute form of leukemia. He's undergoing aggressive therapy and will be spending the next 4-6 weeks in the hospital. Of course, with an extended hospital stay, that will mean lots of medical bills and other expenses. 


Your much appreciated contribution will help Matt and Gabi cover costs like medical bills, lost wages, gas, and meals on the go. It will also allow them to protect their dream of a beach wedding and the money they have saved for it.

When Matt emerges triumphant, as we know he will, you will all have helped make it possible

.

 

This is a private fund raising effort to support Matt and is not an official function of Local 328. We do wish Matt and his supporters well.

If you want more information about how to help, or if you want to contact the organizer of this fundraiser please follow the link to Matt's Army.

You can also go to Matt Army's Facebook page for more info.

 

Join local 328 at the oregon food bank!

Updated On: Jun 18, 2014 (18:05:00)

Local 328 Has the opportunity to help at the Oregon Food Bank.
When: June 28, 2014
Time: 1 to 3:30 pm
Where: 7900 NE 33rd Drive, Portland.

(This counts towards healthy steps points for volunteerism)

To sign-up to help please email:
Theresia Lloyd-Siemer @
lloydsie@ohsu.edu 
by June 23,2014
Children age 6 and up are welcome to help participate .

 

Unions Still Lead the Way to Equal Pay for Women

Updated On: Jun 18, 2014 (18:08:00)
by Laura Reyes  |  June 10, 2014 Upon signing the Equal Pay Act on this day in 1963, President Kennedy remarked, “This act represents many years of effort by labor, management, and several private organizations … to call attention to the unconscionable practice of paying female employees less wages than male employees for the same job Read More...
Upcoming CWE Classes

Updated On: Jun 10, 2014 (09:58:00)

The Career and Workplace Enhancement Center has released its July class schedule. Please share this information with your coworkers. Contact Kelli Byrd at the CWE for information on how to enroll - www.ohsu.edu/cwecenter

Project Management Tools & Templates Workshop
Thursday, July 10 and Friday, July 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; MSB 902

Manage Your Email
Thursday, July 10 from 9 a.m. to noon; Mac Hall 2201

Transforming Conflict
Thursday, July 10 from 1 to 4 p.m.; CHH 12181

Getting Organized with the GO System
Tuesday, July 15 from 9 a.m. to noon; CHH 12181

Organize Your Workspace the 5S Way!
Tuesday, July 22 from 9 a.m. to noon; Mac Hall 2201

Communication in the Workplace
Thursday, July 24 from 9 a.m. to noon; Mac Hall 2201

Change Acceleration Process (CAP) Workshop
Monday, July 28 and Tuesday, July 29 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Wednesday, July 30 from 8 a.m. to noon; CHH 3070

Handling High Conflict Behavior
Tuesday, July 29 from 1 to 4 p.m.; BRB 381


Kelli Byrd

Program and Outreach Coordinator

Career and Workplace Enhancement Center

Website:
  www.ohsu.edu/cwecenter

Workplace Conflict? Try Bridgebuilders

Posted On: Jun 05, 2014 (13:18:33)

If you are having problems with a coworker and could use some help have you ever thought of mediation?

What if mediation were free, absolutely confidential, and available on work time?

Well that option is there for you. Local 328 has trained mediators available for our members and other OHSU employees via the BridgeBuilders program. We can make discreet contact with all parties, set up a mediation session and promise that no records of the session will ever be turned over to OHSU.

If you think mediation could make a difference in your workplace – even if you are not directly involved in the conflict – contact Gianni Baratta at barattag@ohsu.edu for more information.

We have other resources we can refer you to if it turns out that mediation is not right for you.



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