Local 328 leadership and staff attended the OHSU Town Hall regrading the effects of the tort cap decision on OHSU. Dr. Roberston announced some specific impacts to the university as a result of the tort cap decision. Four of the areas of impact are likely to directly affect Local 328 members.
1. We can expect to see some OGI programs incorporated into the School of Medicine, and the move form the west campus accelerated.
2. There will be increased deferred maintenance and deferred upgrades on older buildings as well as cuts to central services administration, facilities, planning, finance and human resources.
3. Outsource or close March wellness.
4. There will be other programs affected which could have some impacts on our members depending on how they are ultimately structured, but it's too soon to tell what those impacts could be. We do not yet know how many of our members will be affected by layoffs or what
departments they will come from; but we do anticipate that a significant number
of the layoffs will be in the AFSCME Bargaining
Oregon AFSCME's Political staff are completely focused
on this issue. The Tort Cap decision will have devastating impacts on our
members in state, county and city governments as well as at
As soon as we learned of the Tort Cap decision we began
working with OHSU Human Resources to do everything that we can to assist our
members affected by layoff. In the last contract negotiations we clarified and
expanded layoff rights. Additionally, we are working with OHSU on an additional
option of a severance package based on years of service at OHSU that our members
can voluntarily elect in lieu of invoking their layoff
The Career Development Center is gearing up to help the increased
volume of our members needing assistance and we are looking for additional
external resources to assist in that work.
When specific decisions are made and individual layoff
notices are given to our members we will make sure that specially-trained
stewards are present for moral support and to answer member questions about the
process and options.
We are also developing a strategy to hold departments
who are forced to lay off employees accountable to actually reduce the workload
commensurate with the level of cuts rather than spreading the work among those
Local 328 President reacts:
Local 328 President Mike Bandy attended the town hall. Afterwards he reported: "The total impact across OHSU could be as many as 200 positions, not all of which will be in our bargaining unit. In addition it appears that many of the reductions will be by attrition and by not filling selected vacancies. We hope that this will minimize the number of our members who are directly affected."
"Our members should remember that the contract provides significant job protection in the event of layoffs. Our contract also protects all our wages and benefits no matter what the financial impact of the tort cap decision on OHSU."
Mike also said: "I've been in contact with AFSCME Council 75's lobbyists to work in partnership with OHSU to address the tort cap issue at the legislature since this affects AFSCME employees throughout the state - not just OHSU employees."