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.  

Are you new a resident or intern starting at OHSU? Welcome aboard!

As you may be aware, as house officers at this university you are represented by our union, AFSCME Local 4820. A group of your coresidents founded the union a few years back to address issues faced by residents and interns at OHSU. We’re excited to have a union here and are looking forward to sharing some information with you about it as you navigate the onboarding process.

TL/DR: Resident Pilot Program: Lyft + Tram = 24/7 transportation between Waterfront and Hill. Sign-up for Lyft Campus Connector here. This gives you access to subsidized Lyft rides between the Hill and Waterfront at all hours that the Tram isn’t running (up to $20 per ride) — weekdays 9pm-5am, Saturday until 9am and after 5pm, Sunday all day.

Thanks to all who attended our event last week on student loan forgiveness.  If you were unable to attend, or just would like to revisit the event, here’s a video of the presentation you can view at your convenience. Below is a list of links that Mr. Matheny shared during the presentation. 

It’s been a while since we sent an update about what your union has been up to, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy!  Here's an update on recent and upcoming union happenings.

The Covington Investigation has brought to light OHSU’s long-standing history of complacency and neglect in the presence of  mistreatment of women, minorities, and other marginalized groups. As the OHSU House Officer Union, we appreciate Covington’s work in generating  the report, and are especially grateful to  OHSU community members that brought forth their concerns and experiences of mistreatment. We, as the board of the OHSU HOU, agree with the findings in the report, as well as the recommendations that the investigators have laid forth for OHSU leadership to implement.

Over the summer, we heard from many members who were upset that OHSU was phasing out belt-pagers and requiring people to use their personal devices to access the OHSU paging system. Many complained that this was invasive, and others raised issues about connectivity. Depending on which cell service provider you use, you've probably experienced service failures in some areas of campus. In an emergency situation, a delayed page can have serious implications for patient care.

Our first contract with OHSU is finally signed! You can access the full document here. If you just want the highlights, you can find them here!

Dear Colleagues,

We're happy to announce that after almost 10 months of difficult negotiations, we have reached an agreement on our first union contract for OHSU house officers!

We made major gains in almost all of the categories we identified as a priority for a first contract: four weeks of vacation paid licensure and step III fees, and the introduction of a housing stipend for everyone and relocation stipend for future interns.