by Frank Vehafric, AFSCME Staff Representative.
In contract bargaining two years ago, during negotiations for our wage reopener, OHSU and Local 328 bargained language which removed what were previously called "selective salary increases" from contract bargaining and placed the responsibility for setting market based increases with a Classification Based Wage Increase committee which meets twice a year to determine which represented classifiactions need market based wage increases.
40 Classifications Recieve Increase
The committee works by looking at proprietary survey data which is collected for hospitals in the Portland area and comparing our wages (plus the PERS pickup) to other local wages. If a classification of ours is more than 5% behind, is experiencing recruitment problems and retention problems, then the committee proposes that classification for a market based increase. So far, all committee proposals have been accepted by the various budgetary authorities. All raises are set to take effect on July 10, except for Audiologists who will be retroactive to January. In all, 40 represented classifications will receive increases.
Public Safety Breakthrough
One problem area has always been our public safety officers and dispatchers who really do not compare well with other hospitals or state universities, yet can't be fairly said to do precisely the same kind of work as a big city police department either.
This year Public Safety Director Gary Granger worked to help OHSU come to agreement on an appropriate measure of comparability based on tying our mid point ranges to the the low average range of all Oregon police departments. This means that in order to bring our Public Safety staff up to market they will need to recieve approximately 20% in increases. For budgetary reasons these increases will be spread over three to four years, but this is a major breakthough for our members.
You may view the class based wage increases by downloading the attached MS Word file.
Class Based Wage Increases.doc