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

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

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

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.

A quick update on our recent disussions with management regarding moonlighting:

OHSU management has confirmed that, as of now, all OHSU programs that offer moonlighting opportunities are paying residents at the same rate as similarly qualified faculty.  Further, we have udpated our agreement with management to include new language that ensures this continues to be the case going forward. 

The agreement has been updated as follows: “House Officers will be paid the same rate as similarly qualified faculty for moonlighting shifts”

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve reached an agreement with OHSU regarding a pay increase for the 2023-2024 academic year.  We did not get everything we wanted, but we believe this agreement represents a significant improvement over management’s original offer of a 5% increase and nothing else