Bargaining Town Hall: July 11
Bargaining-Team Composition Vote: After the town hall, our members will vote on whether they want to replace our current hybrid model — six at-large members plus a member from each of six work sectors — with an all at-large team. (Our union’s president always serves as our 13th bargaining-team member.) The Local 328 executive board has endorsed switching to the all at-large model. This vote will be open for 72 hours.
Bargaining-Team Nominations: Open August 8, close August 22.
Bargaining-Team Campaigning: Late August to early September. After nominations have closed, candidates will have time to campaign, including submitting candidate bios. Candidate forums may also be held.
Bargaining-Team Election: September 10 – 14.
Bargaining-Team Training: Fall & Winter. The team will undergo a series of trainings during this time.
Member Surveys & Listening Sessions: Fall & Winter. Our bargaining-team leadership utilizes the survey data to help drive our team strategy about what areas to prioritize, as well as to assess our members’ level of support in a variety of areas.
Bargaining Begins: Late February/early March 2019.
Negotiations Period: Late February/early March 2019 – July 2019. Our bargaining process follows the law under the Oregon Public Employee Collective Bargaining Act. PECBA requires that the parties negotiate in good faith for 150 days. During this period of negotiation, the parties will meet face to face, adopting ground rules and working through a variety of bargaining processes. (This can consist of interest-based bargaining or more traditional position-/proposal-based bargaining.)
Contract Expiration: Our current contract expires June 30, 2019.
At the end of the negotiations period, the next steps in the timeline depend on whether the parties have reached a tentative agreement.
If a settlement has been reached:
- Contract Drafting/Proofreading: June/July 2019.
- Ratification Vote: June/July 2019, dues-paying members only. Should our union’s bargaining team come to a tentative agreement with OHSU, the contract will be submitted to the members for ratification, who then have two choices: vote to accept the contract or vote to reject the contract and strike.
If a settlement has not been reached:
- Mediation: July/August 2019. If the parties are not able to come to agreement after 150 days of negotiations, either party may request to be assigned a mediator. Our practice is to pre-request state mediation at the start of bargaining to ensure we meet the 150-day notice requirement.
- Declaration of Impasse: July/August 2019. If no settlement is reached within 15 day of the first mediation session, mediation may continue with the agreement of both parties, or either party may declare that the teams are at impasse.
- Final Offers: Within seven days of a declared impasse, both parties are required to submit their final and best offers.
- Cooling-Off Period: August/September 2019. After the final and best offers are submitted, a 30-day cooling offer period is mandated. Member job actions and picketing could take place during this time.
- Strike Notice: If there is still an impasse after the cooling-off period, with the parties having worked the process in good faith, employees may go on strike with a 10-day notice. This could happen between August and October 2019.
- Strike: If required, Summer/Fall 2019.
Note: Local 328 last went on strike in 1995. Our bargaining team has not declared impasse under current union leadership.