Members of the OHSU and AFSCME collective bargaining teams met Tuesday, March 29. Marking tangible progress, three tentative agreements were reached related to:
- Recognition of campus dispatchers as a separate bargaining unit.
- Employee use of email.
- The composition of the labor management committee.
The OHSU team put forth several new proposals, including:
- Availability requirements for flex employees.
- Language regarding vacation requests, in an effort to increase approved vacations for more employees.
- Systems around availability of additional work and overtime scheduling. The new systems would continue to allow for seniority bidding of overtime, while expanding first-come, first-served sign-up.
The AFSCME team provided several proposals centered on the following:
- Increasing longevity rates to every five years.
- Increasing promotion rate minimum.
- Four new holidays, including a Memorandum of Understanding for floating holidays.
- For employees with promotional and lateral opportunities at OHSU, increasing test and interview leaves.
- Increasing the OHSU contribution toward insurance.
- Raising the maximum limit of flex staff, and adding benefits and adjustments related to flex staff probationary periods.
- Lowering parking rates for eligible employees and adjusting the price of TriMet passes.
- Lowering the number of hours employees must work to qualify for bargaining unit membership.
In addition to the new proposals, the teams also exchanged counter-proposals on matters raised in prior weeks.
All proposals and counter-proposals will be reviewed and discussed at upcoming collective bargaining sessions.
Next meeting date:
Collective bargaining will continue next Tuesday, April 5.