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OHSU On Excellent Financial Footing

Below is the most recent financial update prepared for the OHSU Board of Directors.

"Financial Update

Lawrence Furnstahl presented the FY14 year end results, which show $90 million of operating income. This is $25 million above budget. We continue to build market share. Our working capital is up. A key metric of outside bond holders is to look at how many days of unrestricted cash is on hand. We are holding at approximately a 200 day level, up from 175 days a couple years ago. Regarding The Affordable Care Act: In December there were 650,000 Oregonians on the Oregon Health Plan. There are now approximately 1.1 million enrolled, an expansion of the OHP that was expected to take 3 years, but we see it in the first 6 months. Research grants ended the year at $356 million, up nearly 5% from last year. OHSU has created about 2100 jobs since the depths of the depression. July results are actually exactly where we were last year, so we are kind of on track year-over-year. Regarding cash investments, for the first time the consolidated investments of OHSU and our Foundation tops $1.5 billion. Two things that we have done in our investment management over the past several years really helped: One is that we repositioned our fixed income investments, and they performed really well. The second is that a couple of years ago we invested some of our higher cash balances into balanced mutual fund positions, and they did well in the stock market last year. "

Download: efile BoD public 10.23.14.pdf
Steward Stories - What Motivates You??
by Nana Nash Korina Walters got motivated and at first, she didn’t know positions as Stewards existed. When asked what she would say to a Union member considering joining the Steward program is: “Stewards have a lot of empathy, sympathy and patience. You would need to be good with human interactions in order to excel at this and that’s just from the training that I have so far. Read More...
Local 328 Surveys Its Members

Local 328 Surveys Its Members

Part 1 of 5

During the month of September Local 328, along with its consultants Anzalone Liszt Grove, surveyed our members using an online poll, hosted internally, with emailed invitations sent by Local 328.

This survey was commissioned to learn about the best ways to communicate with our members as well as identify themes and ideas which resonate with members.

The survey covered several areas which will influence how the union communicates during bargaining:

  1. The perception of OHSU by our members
  2. The perception of Local 328 and AFSCME by our members
  3. The attitudes of members toward upcoming contract bargaining
  4. The best way to communicate with members about bargaining

In future articles we will cover each of these areas in more detail. But for now, we’d like to give a general overview of the findings

A few things really stood out to us.

  • Members are still proud to be associated with OHSU but - the last contract negotiations left many members feeling bitter and distrustful, resulting in a generally less positive feeling about OHSU than in previous surveys.
  • In addition, although the Union’s ratings are still very positive, we are also feeling the effects of the last contract with less favorable ratings than previously.
  • Members see value in the Union and OHSU working together to solve problems, but do not want the Union to appear overly accommodating.
  • Members are focused on getting information from the Union delivered in as straightforward a manner as possible.
  • Members’ focus has shifted a bit when it comes to bargaining issues. We’ll give more detail about this later, but suffice it to say that while bread and butter issues are still at the forefront, a few other clusters of issues and concerns have emerged that seem to be almost as important.

There is a lot more to discuss. Look for four more articles coming out every two weeks on specific findings of the survey.

Congratulations to Nicole Gregory, one of our Navigators, who is the winner of the Amazon Gift Card for participating in our survey.

Preferred Hire List Grievance Successfully Resolved
Preferred Hire List Grievance Successfully ResolvedEarlier this summer we learned that OHSU had stopped restoring sick leave and seniority accruals when our members returned to active employment from the Preferred Hire List (PHL). This case illustrates the value of the grievance procedure as a way of framing a constructive dialogue on an issue that was causing harm to our members. Read More...
Open Enrollement Information

OHSU Releases Health Plan Information

Please find linked below two documents which OHSU has provided to employees explaining the changes in next year's insurance plans.

The Union has received phone calls from members confused about the new choices. This information is an excellent place to start getting your questions answered,

Download: 2015 summary.docx , 2015 Benefits - Leadership Presentation Final Oct 7.pdf
Union made candy for Halloween

Click here for a link to a list of Union made candy. You can support union workers this Halloween - and the rest of the year too.

Union made candy.

Washington County Candidate Forum
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AFSCME Next Wave Bullwinkle's Night ***RSVP NOW - Space is Limited***

Join Next Wave Oregon and AFSCME Council 75 at Family Fun Center & Bullwinkle's Restaurant on Saturday, November 22. For more information, check out the flyer below. Click here to RSVP.

Download: Bullwinkles Flyer.pdf
Recruitment Opportunity for OHSU/AFSCME Labor Management Committee
Are You Ready to Make OHSU a Better Workplace?If you’re an AFSCME-represented employee or manage AFSCME-represented staff, you are eligible for a unique work opportunity: membership on the OHSU/AFSCME Labor Management Committee. This committee is a collaboration between OHSU and AFSCME that brings AFSCME-represented employees and managers together to make OHSU a great place to work. Its mission is to transform and enrich the workplace and all of our work lives. 

Membership in the LMC looks great on your resume and connects you with people from across OHSU. The LMC is behind the Career and Workplace Enhancement Center’s courses and career support, and helps establish and fulfill the CWE Center’s mission. Recently, the LMC partnered with the Information Technology Group (ITG) to bring access to the entire OHSU campus. The committee is also developing new ways to make a positive impact on OHSU’s culture and work environment.  

Currently we have openings in the following missions: Healthcare, Other Academic Units, Research and the School of Medicine. Six AFSCME-represented employees and six managers make up the LMC, representing all OHSU mission areas. The time commitment requires your attendance to our monthly meetings, which are a friendly environment for collaboration between labor and management.The LMC welcomes members from all OHSU campuses and clinics, so you don’t need to work on Marquam Hill or in Portland to apply.

Have questions? Interested in joining the LMC? Email or call the CWE Center at (503) 418-0273.

CWE Course Offerings
English class begins Oct. 8

The Career and Workplace Enhancement Center is offering Business Writing for Non-Native English Speakers for employees who need help with writing letters, reports and emails. Participants will learn how to produce concise, effective documents within the work environment. This is an eight-session series.

Wednesdays: Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29, and Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26
3:00 to 4:15 p.m.
Biomedical Research Building rm. 403

To register, email

Questions? Call Kelli Byrd at (503) 494-7364.

For information on all CWE Center courses offered in October, check out the class schedule here.

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Nov 11, 2014
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Nov 19, 2014
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