The Bargaining Team election will be held online, on the eZone, during the week of September 10th. Statements from several of the candidates appear below. All candidates had the opportunity to submit a statement and statements appear in the order in which they were recieved.
I've worked at OHSU for ~21 years. I've held a variety of positions at OHSU in all missions -- health care, academic, and research -- so I believe I can represent the wishes of a large portion of our bargaining unit. I've been active in Local 328 for ~14 years -- I currently serve as secretary on the Local 328 executive board and am a member of our union’s internal-communications committee and policy committee. I also served on the 2012 and 2015 bargaining teams and the PTO task force.
I'd love the opportunity to again serve on our union’s bargaining team and advocate for my coworkers. I am disappointed that OHSU continues to nickel-and-dime us, even when it's not necessary from a financial standpoint, and that OHSU has its rank-and-file employees work under cost containment while leadership earns bonuses. I believe that my familiarity with OHSU's tactics will help me bargain more successfully, but I also have a realistic view of bargaining and know it won't be easy, especially in a changing environment that’s increasingly hostile to unions.
I want the 2019 bargaining team to negotiate a decent contract where gains made in one area aren't diluted by losses in another. I believe in the strength of our members to support the bargaining team in fighting bad proposals from OHSU -- and maybe even reversing some past take-backs. I hope you vote for me -- please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. Thank you for your consideration!
My name is Ange Javens, I have been a medical assistant for 13 years and have worked in all major institutions, as well as private practice in the metro area, and have been on the hill for nearly 2 years.
I want to make a difference….
WE are 6500 people that make OHSU #1 in the industry. WE need to address the cost of parking. It needs to be fair and customary just like healthcare costs. WE should not have to pay for lack luster healthcare with a subpar company. WE, our patients and families should not pay double for the same food as all other facilities in the area.
WE need a clear inclement weather policy including compensation across the board, not manager discretion. When the city is a mess and OHSU declares “normal operations”, OHSU is saying the bottom line is more important than the lives of their employees or patients. We carry the liability for commuting in those conditions.
WE all work hard and most of US spend at least an hour each way commuting every day. Imagine if WE only had to do that 4 days a week. WE would have a whole weekday to do what WE need to. Allowing US to use OUR sick/vacation time less frequently and a better work life balance.
WE are OHSU.. let me speak on your behalf.. Let’s make OHSU better for not only US but also OUR patients who WE care for and the families that support them.
Meet Mike Bandy
I currently work in Facilities as a Senior Buildings System Control Tech, and have been here at OHSU for 17 1/2 years. Previously, I served 20 years in the military as an Electronics Technician on submarines.
Throughout my year at OHSU, I have served our Local in various positions, ranging from President to Chief Steward.
I served as chair of the Bargaining Team for the 2009 contract negotiations and have participated in multiple contract negotiations since that time.
The upcoming contract negotiations are occurring during a time of corporate bounty for OHSU and that bounty being shared with our members who make this organization work. I am committed to see that change with this next contract.
My name is Michael Stewart and I am running to be a representative on our 2019 bargaining team. I am a highly experienced union activist who has been a member of three previous bargaining teams and held several offices in our local.
In 2005 OHSU approached bargaining as a collaborative effort to find a middle ground that would benefit both employees and the University. That approach has been less apparent since as OHSU increased the demands for take backs and cost shifts. With the right team in place that is backed up by a vocal, active and engaged membership we can affect positive change at the bargaining table. It is time for OHSU to prove they value the hard work done by AFSCME Local 328 members by agreeing to a fair contract. A contract that addresses the economic pressures of rising rent and mortgages, ever lengthening and costly commutes and provides affordable healthcare. Thank you for your consideration.
Endorsed By Matt Hilton.
Previous bargaining experience: Bargaining team member 2005, 2012, 2015.
Collective bargaining education: University of Oregon Labor Education and Research Center, Collective Bargaining Institute. Rutgers University: Bargaining For the Common Good.
Offices held: Local 328 Political Action Committee Chair 2009-17, Chief Steward 2015-17, Vice-President 2017-present.
AFSCME Local 328 Brothers and Sisters,
I am running for a seat on the bargaining team because I believe I have a lot to contribute to the bargaining process. I have been a pharmacist at OHSU for 10 years now, and have witnessed three bargaining sessions. Each bargaining session I have found myself getting more and more involved, and being on the bargaining team is the next logical step in the progression of my involvement. Last bargaining session I took it upon myself to send out communications to my department to educate them on bargaining issues, and to help coordinate gatherings to show solidarity, including showing up at bargaining sessions to let management know that we are involved and watching.
In my time at OHSU I have met and befriended AFSCME represented employees in all areas and departments of the hospital. AFSCME is composed not only of diverse people and ideas, but also diverse professions. Having such a wide range of employees with differing wants and needs makes it difficult to bargain collectively, but I am determined to represent the interests of each employee at the bargaining table. Each successive bargaining session has seen management ask us to give back more. I intend to impress upon management that we would like to make progress in improving our benefits and compensation. Our Union is only as strong as our members, and I ask for your support in strengthening our team.
Thank you for your consideration.
My name is David Montgomery. I have worked in the Food & Nutrition Department for almost 26 years. Most of you might recognize me from working at the various café locations throughout the hospital. This would be my first time being nominated to the bargaining team. I have been working with the union in some form for eight years or so. I am a member of the first ever Labor/Management committee in Patient Food Services as well as being part of the group of employees that caused it to come into existence. I am part of an employee recognition program in our department called the “You Did It” I am very knowledgeable with the contract and the issues surrounding the hospital. I would like to be the voice of the individuals that feel like they don’t matter. Everyone matters. It would be pleasure and an honor to represent you on the bargaining team.
Candidate name: Karyn Trivette, DPT
I have been a part of OHSU over 10 years, mainly in OHSU Acute Care Rehabilitation with over a year in Outpatient Rehabilitation. I pride myself in my work which is primarily direct care of OHSU patients. Along with care, I also have been a clinical instructor to multiple physical therapy students as being part of an academic institution.
If you ask me what keeps me at OHSU, the top reason among several are my co-workers. This includes physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, rehabilitation aides, nurses, certified nursing assistants, residents, physicians, surgeons, pharmacists, case managers, social workers, phlebotomists, room service attendants and housekeepers. EVERYBODY at OHSU is what makes OHSU, and I believe in that.
I want to be a part of the bargaining team for AFCSME Local 328 to help ensure all are heard. I think it is essential to be a part of a system that promotes inclusion, teamwork, ethics, and quality care. This, in my mind, necessitates an open and unrestricted dialogue and relationship between management and their employees. I hope to promote the talents and dedication of current and future employees and their impact on this community.
Thank you for your consideration.
OHSU is a place where patients and staff deserve the highest level of support. And as OHSU staff, we are directly responsible for ensuring that our patients receive the best possible care. Threats to retirement and benefits plans, increased patient loads, and salaries that fail to match the economic reality of our region reduce our ability to successfully meet the needs of our patients at OHSU and our families at home.
We need OHSU leadership to fully support the needs of their employees, and in turn, support for the top-level care we provide to our patients. As a member of the 2019 AFSCME 328 bargaining team, I will ensure that our members are provided every opportunity to thrive –allowing each of us to feel supported and valued by OHSU so that we can continue to provide our patients with the high quality patient care that OHSU is known for.
Kasey Zimmer-Stucky, BS, RDMS
Experience: OHSU Sonographer for 8 years, union steward for 2 years
I am Claire Irvan. I came to OHSU in 2001 when I was no longer able to find employment in the field in which I had a degree. Healthcare wasn’t my passion, yet I possessed enough transferable skills that I was able to find employment at OHSU. I started off as a PAS Specialist in the Cardiology clinic arriving and checking out patients, making confirmation calls and taking copays. Since then, I’ve moved on holding roles such as PAS Resource Specialist, PAS Support Services Supervisor (I quickly learned leadership of this form at OHSU wasn’t for me) and most currently the role of Financial Coordinator for Bone Marrow Transplant.
For seventeen years I’ve embraced being a member of AFSCME Local 328 by taking classes at OHSU through Center for Workplace Enhancement, participating in focus groups and taking advantage of the free tuition provided for attending the Online Two-Year Degree through Eastern Gateway Community College. I am a Union Unit Steward for my department and I sit on the Market Based Wage Committee which is comprised of both AFSCME and HR representatives collaborating to ensure that our wages are in line with the market. This effort is especially important as your longevity grows at OHSU.
I am running for Contract Bargaining Representative because I believe in workplace equality. I believe in fairness and I believe everyone has a voice. I’m the person who is about the people, for the people and I’m the person for YOU! Vote Claire Irvan!
Hello! My name is Casey Parr, and I have been a Registered Respiratory Therapist for 10 years. I started my career in Topeka, KS, and then moved to Portland with my wife in 2010. I have been working at OHSU since then. Connecting with patients and their families has always been a rewarding and fulfilling part of my job. Over the past few years, I’ve become interested in how institutional policies and national guidelines impact the care that we provide at the bedside. I believe OHSU’s greatest assets are the people on the frontline working long hours to care for patients, and that those people deserve fair and honest representation in the upcoming bargaining. I have already gotten more involved with our union by facilitating communication with members in the respiratory care department over social media, and have been reviewing time management policies and procedures. I believe very strongly that our pay and benefits need to be competitive in order for OHSU to retain and attract the best team of employees. The next step is a position on the bargaining team, and if elected, I will fight to ensure a contract that matches the quality of our world-class workforce. Thank you.
I would appreciate your vote for my participation in the AFSCME 328 bargaining team. I’ve been working at OHSU for nearly 7 years, and I’ve seen how the union can impact the way staff members communicate and negotiate with OHSU in a positive way.
I have spent my career working as an educator, liaison, communicator, and advocate for people who often find their voices missing from the conversation. I am a Senior Trainer in the Career and Workplace Enhancement Center (CWE Center), where I am part of a team that teaches thousands of AFSCME represented employees annually. Prior to my career at OHSU, I spent over ten years in the service industry, and I felt the impact of change happening around me without being able to share my needs with my employer.
I know how these conversations can have an impact on our lives. I want to use my skills and unique perspective to help AFSCME represent front line staff at OHSU.
Thank you for your Consideration!
Iaen Nylund, M.Ed.
My name is Haley Wolford. I am a proud member of AFSCME Local 328 and the OHSU Community. I have worked at the West Campus for over 11 years. I have been representing union members as an Investigatory Steward for 10+ years and I am in my 6th year of service on the local’s Executive Board. As an OHSU employee, I lead two employee wellness groups and I serve on several committees that focus on employee retention, recognition, and instilling a sense of community. This upcoming contract will impact our immediate futures—as both employees of OHSU and members of our union. It’s incredibly important that we have fair wages, excellent benefits, secure retirement options, and the opportunity to create a work-life balance where we all thrive.
My experience and passion make me a worthy choice to help represent my fellow union members at the bargaining table. I would be very grateful for your vote!