News and Updates

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!

I am so proud of our residents and fellows for filing for union representation!  They are integral to OHSU's success and absolutely deserve fair wages, affordable health insurance and basic accommodations such as adjacent on-call rooms.  Welcome to the AFSCME family everyone!

-Cassie Barton, PharmD, BCCCP
Trauma Surgery Critical Care Pharmacy

Dear Resident Physicians of Oregon Health and Sciences University,

Congratulations on joining the AFSCME union! We learned of your successful efforts recently. I am a representative for the AFSCME union doctors from Eugene and Springfield, Oregon, and we joined in Summer 2017. We are the primary care physicians union bargaining unit with Local 2831, and we take care of under-served patients at the Community Health Centers of Lane County.

To the Resident Physicians of Oregon Health and Sciences University,

We are glad to hear that you just became AFSCME union physicians!Congratulations! We are the Pacific Northwest Hospital Medicine Association (PNWHMA) in the Eugene-Springfield area, under the umbrella of the AFT union. We hope you will enjoy many of the same improvements we have had from joining a union.

We did it! After 21.5 hours in mediation, following more than five difficult months of bargaining, AFSCME Local 328 and OHSU have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract. Thanks to the support of our members, our bargaining team was able to negotiate a fair contract with a lot of beneficial new language, while fighting off health-insurance take-backs, PTO and union-busting tiered contract language. Highlights include:

Many doctors feel despair about their appalling working conditions and the deteriorating doctor-patient relationship. But there have been no protest marches or social media campaigns. Why not?

An article by the New Yorker explains why. PDF icon Read the article here.