News and Updates

Our contract with OHSU provides for a Labor Management Committee (LMC), made up of HOU members and OHSU administration to regularly discuss mutually agreeable solutions to problems faced by by hous

In this last meeting we officially entered the hot topic of Wages!!!

We continue to have weekly collaborative sessions with management to update our contract. Next week, we transition to WAGES and will start proposing for our pay increase!

We’ve continued to make good progress in addressing our concerns in discussions with management. 

Highlights from this week’s meeting:

  • We reached agreement on expectations for transparency in precisely how much leave House Officers are able to take without impacting the length of training!

We continue to have productive, collaborative bargaining sessions.  We are beginning to transition to our collective higher acuity concerns.  

Here are our most recent highlights: 

Over the last few months, several of you have reached out about a gap in OHSU’s Lyft Campus Connector program. While the program allows for free Lyft rides from the South Waterfront to Marquam Hill until 5am, the tram does not start running until around 5:30.  We heard you tell us that this gap, while relatively brief, meant that some of you were cutting your scarce sleep periods short in order to arrive at worksites on the hill on time (e.g at 5:30am).

We had another productive bargaining session this Thursday evening. After each bargaining session we will be providing a brief update informing our members through the contract bargaining process. Following standard bargain practice, we are starting with simple less contentious issues and working our way up to salary.


We had a productive bargaining session this Thursday. After each bargaining session we will be providing a brief update summarizing the progress made to keep our members informed throughout the contract bargaining process.


We proposed increased transparency surrounding time away from work requirements for graduation.

  • In order to graduate and be board-eligible, there are requirements from ACGME and respective specialty boards regarding the number of required total working days.

Bargaining Team

The House Officers Union is excited to announce the membership of our bargaining team. Next month, bargaining will begin with the following members going to the table to represent HOU!

Doug Preston (Pathology)

Pranav Chandrashekar (Internal Medicine)

Teal Clocksin (Diagnostic Radiology)

Keiko Cooley (Urology)

Candice Kim (Anesthesiology)

Alex Mechler-Hickson (Pediatrics)

Jacqueline Parilla (Family Medicine)

Welcome to all the new interns, residents, and fellows who started at OHSU this week!  We hope you'll join us!

What did we win in our first contract?

  • An added week of vacation (4 weeks total)
  • Housing stipend ($2,205 this year)
  • Relocation reimbursement ($1,000)
  • Equiptment/materials reimbursement ($750 this year)
  • Step 3 reimbursement
  • Stable, predictable pay increases A transparent process for dispute resolutions, and more!

What have we done since then?

As negotiated in our recent agreement over the pay rates for academic year 2023-2024, we’ll be re-opening the full collective bargaining agreement for renegotiation no later than the end of July. HOU is looking for a cross-section of house officers to participate in the negotiations. This involves helping craft proposals and meeting with management to negotiate around issues like pay, PTO, the housing stipend, and more.