What's New at AFSCME 328
The ratification vote — open to dues-paying members only — will take place from 8:00 a.m. on Monday, July 6, through 8:00 a.m. on Monday, July 13. There will be a voting/elections link at www.local328.org once the vote is live. If you have trouble voting, please contact Local 328 staff representative Frank Vehafric at email@example.com. Please review the comprehensive review of the tentative agreement (posted here) prior to voting.
You are also invited to join union representatives in person to discuss the new contract and the ratification vote! If you prefer, you can hold off on voting until you’ve attended one of these information sessions and asked any questions you might have. The following sessions have been scheduled:
- Mon., July 6: 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon, Market Square Building 9th flr. conference rm.
- Tues., July 7: 7:30 – 8:30 a.m., Mackenzie Hall rm. 1132
- Tues., July 7: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., OHSU Farmers Market
- Tues., July 7: 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m., University Hospital rm. 8B60 (This session will also be live-streamed—the link to view will be posted on our website and Facebook within the next few days.)
- Thurs., July 9: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., Mackenzie Hall rm. 1132
Attached is the union's comprehensive review of our tentative agreement for 2015-2019. The PDF includes every article/section, letter of agreement and memorandum of understanding that contains a change or is new language. If an article/section is not included in the PDF, it has not changed. Here is the key to reading the document:
Old language is struck out.New language is bolded and underlined. Comments on and our evaluation of the changes are in bolded red italics. You may comment on this document at our blog.
Download: Final Review Contract.pdf
Local 328 is again participating in this great community event and is a bronze sponsor this year. Come join us and walk with fellow union members in Gladstone on Sat., August 1 — see the attached flyer for details. For more information about the walk, check out the event's website or contact Theresia Lloyd-Siemer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download: GITN Festival Parade 2015.pdf
Our members have heard a lot about bargaining over the past few months. What makes an effective union isn’t just getting a good contract, though – it’s also having a union presence in every department and building, with members who know their rights and how to access the benefits guaranteed in their contract.
Our represented employees should all know someone in the union whom they can speak to when they have questions. With OHSU’s numerous locations and our bargaining unit’s 5,500-plus represented employees, it can be difficult to ensure that Local 328 is accessible to everyone, however.
We are pleased to announce that the Local 328 executive board has approved funding for us to hire several lost-time organizers. “Lost time” is a term to describe when an employee takes a leave of absence from his or her job at OHSU and works for the union during that time. Our contract includes language that guarantees your release from your job for lost-time work.
These lost-time organizers would be paid at the pay rate they’re currently earning; benefits would be covered and vacation and sick time would accrue while the employees are on leave. Our lost-time organizers will be working actively with our membership to recruit new stewards, target work areas that don’t have a union presence, communicate with workers and grow our union.
If this sounds like something you’re interested in, please review the attached position description. If you’re interested in applying, email your résumé to Local 328 president Matt Hilton at email@example.com. by Friday, June 19. We’ll be interviewing for these lost-time positions in the near future, so if you’re interested, apply now!