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Former OFNHP President Retires

Kathy Schmidt, critical care float nurse at Sunnyside Medical Center retired on Wednesday, December 30th. Kathy served as OFNHP President from 1981-2001.

Building Worksite Strength

OFNHP is gearing up for a big year in 2016 focused on building strength in our worksites to so that we have the power to improve our lives at work and protect our patients.

Here are three steps we're taking right now to strengthen our union:

AFT files amicus brief in 'Friedrichs' case

The AFT along with the American Association of University Professors, filed an amicus curiae brief in the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case before the U.S. Supreme Court. The case threatens to make it harder for working people to join together and speak out together.

Randi Weingarten visits Sunnyside Medical Center

Randi took advantage of her time in Oregon to visit also with AFT members at Portland Community College’s Sylvania Campus and with students of Mt. Hood Community College Head Start, where teachers are part of a new OSEA chapter.

Steward Appreciation Night

Over 80 stewards were nominated for awards this year. And the heartfelt comments submitted with each vote show that our steward network is building trust in our union and touching lives every day. Many thanks to those who submitted nominations and votes for this year's steward awards and congratulations again to this year's winners.

And the winners are...

AFT reacts to shooting at Oregon community college

Says Teri Mills, a registered nurse, longtime nurse educator and member of the AFT family, who began her career teaching at Umpqua Community College: "Gun violence is a national public health emergency in America. We must do more so these tragedies don't continue to happen. Whether it's Newtown, Conn., or Roseburg, Ore., these are small towns where people know and love one other. Our hearts are broken."

Unions ratify historic agreement with Red Cross

Eight national unions announced that they have ratified a first-ever national collective bargaining agreement with the American Red Cross. The unions formed a coalition to address the financial challenges facing Red Cross as well as key workforce issues.

Ohio decision curtails mandatory nurse overtime

"As the nation's second-largest nurses' union, the AFT is committed to standing up—at the bargaining table, in our statehouses and in Congress—for safe staffing that saves lives, including an end to the abuse of mandatory overtime."