From: Rick Bentzinger
AFSCME Members Vote to Ratify New Four-Year Contract
I am pleased to announce that OHSU and AFSCME have reached agreement on a new four-year contract, which was recently ratified by AFSCME Local 328 members.
OHSU and AFSCME bargaining teams negotiated for fifteen weeks in a manner that demonstrates the respectful and collaborative relationship we have enjoyed for many years. The teams negotiated contract terms that balance the interests of our AFSCME-represented employees with the business needs of OHSU, and reached agreement without third-party mediation.
The new contract, which is effective July 1, 2005, to June 30, 2009, specifies an across-the-board wage increase of 3 percent in each of the four years, with effective dates staggered to manage overall expenses. AFSCME-represented employees will maintain thea similar same level of financial support for their medical benefits. costs While OHSU’s future benefit contribution rates are tied to the cost of the OHSU Preferred Provider Organization (PPO), members may still choose among several health plans. .Additionally, tThe teams successfully used interest-based bargaining to agree uponnegotiated several important changes to non-economic contract language that will increase operatinggive OHSU managers more flexibility in several areas. Additionally, the contract’s term of four years, rather than three, will provides more stability for employees and the organization during a period of significant growth and change at OHSU.
I would like to extend my personal thanks to members of both the AFSCME and OHSU bargaining teams for their dedicated work during negotiations. We are pleased to have reached an agreement that fosters our mutual success as we We value our AFSCME-represented employees and the work they do to further OHSU’s leadership in education, research, clinical practice, scholarship and community service.
We are pleased to have reached an agreement that fosters our mutual success.
Rick Bentzinger , Vice President, Human Resources"