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On April 4th, professionals working for PeaceHealth Southwest filed with the National Labor Relations Board to form a union. These healthcare professionals have opted to join the Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals (OFNHP), a local affiliate of the 1.7 million  AFT Nurses and Health Professionals. These workers have signed a supermajority of union authorization cards, which then gives the employer the opportunity to recognize the wishes of their employees or to  force  a union election.

"We are incredibly excited to welcome the PeaceHealth pros into our union and help them


The 2024 OFNHP election candidate nomination period ended on Friday Feb 16 and we are pleased to share with you the candidates you will be voting for this election cycle. Uncontested positions will not appear on your ballot as these candidates were the sole nominees for their position and will take office on March 28, 2024. You can scroll to the bottom of this message to see a list of uncontested positions.

Ballots should be arriving in your mailbox near the end of February. The Election Committee urges voters to please mail in your ballot no later than March 18 in order for it to be received


In a bold move, five union stewards in Kaiser Permanente led a march on their director, armed with a petition demanding the addition of a charge nurse in the Med Surg Overflow unit, a comprehensive paper citing nine peer-reviewed articles supporting the necessity of a charge nurse to the unit, and several ADOs from exhausted nurses who have faced unsafe staffing levels and missed breaks because of this staffing issue.

The petition, signed by 118 nurses from all of Med Surg, reflects a nearly unanimous call for immediate action to alleviate the strain caused by the lack of safe staffing in the

Members holding picket signs.

2023 was one of the most significant years in our union’s 50 year history, and we expect that the groundbreaking changes we saw this year will continue into 2024. This year began with us formally announcing what we already knew to be true: that fighting for safe staffing was the future of both our organization and of healthcare justice. We took on an all-organization staffing campaign, which meant finding ways of linking up our different bargaining units in the shared fight for safe staffing. We know that all of our campaigns, from contract battles to shop floor fights, are, at their core


Below is the text of an official letter sent to Kaiser Permanente leadership regarding the abuse of OFNHP members during the Coalition of Healthcare Unions strike. Click here to look at the letter itself.

Dear Mr. Collins,

In the wake of the October Coalition strike, I write to address the impact of Kaiser's actions on OFNHP units. While our SEIU brothers and sisters were on the picket line in protest of the employer's immoral and illegal unfair labor practices, our members were subjected to unacceptable work conditions. To be clear, this was not the fault of our union siblings, but of the

Picket line demanding a fair contract.

The over 1,700 frontline healthcare workers from PeaceHealth Southwest, PeaceHealth Sacred Heart and PeaceHealth St. John have reached a Tentative Agreement (TA) with management after months of contract negotiations and a five-day Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) strike. These healthcare workers, who are members of the Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals (OFNHP, AFT Local 5017), were fighting over issues like living wages and a voice on the job.

“This agreement secures the largest raises for these workers in history,” says Jonathon Baker, OFNHP President. “We could not have won


WHEREAS, as healthcare workers, we mourn the loss of life everywhere, regardless of nationality; and

WHEREAS, our organization’s mission directs us to stand, unequivocally, against oppression, discrimination, prejudice, and bias of all forms through education and action; and

WHEREAS, the Gaza Strip has had a healthcare system near the breaking point for decades. Home to millions of displaced Palestinians - half of whom are under 18 years old, the UN has long recognized the humanitarian crisis stemming from Israel’s occupation and siege of Gaza; and

WHEREAS, healthcare workers including

Unity night flyer

Join us for for a night of fun and games, and to help us raise money to benefit the Q-Center. On November 11th, the Social Committee will be hosting our annual Unity Night at The Aerie at Eagle Landing (10220 SE Causey Ave, Happy Valley) where we will have a 80’s themed Game Night, raffle, silent auction, and an awards celebration! The event will be catered and a cash bar available, so get dressed up, invite a friend or family member, and let's make this a night to remember!

Let us know if you're coming and if you're bringing another person so that we ensure to have enough food and drink for


 On Saturday, October 28th, the 1,300 PeaceHealth workers who went on strike on Monday, October 23rd, returned to work. These workers had organized a five-day Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) strike to protest actions by management the union says were illegal and violated the union rights of their workers. These healthcare workers, who are members of the Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals (OFNHP, AFT Local 5017), have been negotiating their next union contract for months and say that management pushed them onto the picket line through bad faith bargaining.

“This strike was a

PeaceHealth members

1300 healthcare professionals at PeaceHealth, represented by the Oregon Federation of Nursing and Health Professionals (OFNHP, AFT 5017) have authorized a strike! Members are striking to demand that PeaceHealth management do what is best for our frontline healthcare workers and our patients. These healthcare workers saved lives during the COVID-19 pandemic, and highly paid executives are refusing to offer viable wages that will stabilize our hospital. Donating is the best ways to support these workers as they fight for the future of healthcare. Your generous contribution will be used for those