With a potential strike just weeks away, AFSCME Local 328 and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) reached a tentative agreement Sept. 21 on a new three-year contract covering about 7,400 workers. If ratified by members, it would include across-the-board raises of 7%, 5%, and 5% over three years, plus a ratification bonus of $3,000 for full-time and $1,500 for part-time workers.
Workers will vote on the agreement Oct. 3 through Oct. 9.
The agreement comes after over six months of bargaining. In August, Local 328 members voted by 93% to authorize a strike, and on Aug. 31 Local 328 declared bargaining had reached an impasse. Under the process established by Oregon’s Public Employee Collective Bargaining Act, the earliest workers could have struck was Oct. 7.