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The medical techs, technologists, and therapists at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, Oregon have ratified their first union contract!


An Unfair Labor Practice charge was filed last summer on behalf of Laurie Heppel, a strong union leader and bargaining chair at PeaceHealth. Laurie was pulled into a meeting with Management and Human Resources because they said they wanted to talk with her about an investigation. Management would not allow her to bring a Steward because they said there was not going to be discipline, just some coaching. At the end of this meeting the Human Resources representative declared the investigation closed and gave Laurie some materials to read. Then Human Resources told Heppel not to speak to anyone


Aric Wardian worked on call at PeaceHealth and punched out at 11:37 PM. He punched into his scheduled shift at 9:30 AM the following morning. PeaceHealth did not pay him his overtime when he punched in at 9:30 AM the next day for that shift, which is what he would have been owed given the way the work hours were experienced. 

When someone has less than ten hours of rest time between shifts, that employee is contractually guaranteed overtime as per our contract (Article 10, Section 10.8 Rest Between Shifts). The Employer claimed the Kronos timekeeping system rounded down to 11:30, so there was


After almost seven years of fighting to address the way that "traveler" nurses are used to fill gaps in RN coverage, we have won a major victory limiting the way that Kaiser Permanente can use these non-union workers. 

The issue was first resolved in 2013 when negotiations with a then executive at KP resulted in an agreement to limit the uses of travelers, leading to a formal agreement in 2014. This agreement was made as an "Issue Resolution" process as a part of the Labor-Management Process (LMP), which could have served as a great example of the partnership in action. Yet after that executive


After three years of fighting over unequal wage problems in Kaiser Permanente’s Vision Essential department, the workers have finally reached an amazing victory that will change the lives of the employees inside.


On Tuesday, March 2nd, the employees in Vision Essentials won an agreement from management to eliminate the “Optician 1” job description and map ten employees over to the higher wage scales starting April 1. The Optician 1 position was created to give riffed ESS a pathway into skilled tech jobs, but getting paid on average $6/hr less than other opticians doing the same work. It was

Here is a message from a St. Charles nurse about what is happening in the hospital:
"Patient care today in the Main OR at St Charles Medical Center in Bend is practically non-existent due to the significant decrease in surgeries.
The claim that the “hospital is open and providing care as usual” made by hospital administration is not accurate, and it is simply impossible given the current circumstances. There are replacement surgical and radiology technicians on site, but they are not trained to the level that our native techs are as to the equipment, policies, best practices, and staff.
Today we have a letter from one of the striking techs at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, addressed to management. Her story relates an experience that many of these essential healthcare professionals have with St. Charles, one of betrayal.
Dear St. Charles,
Today I walked out of St Charles Bend and I’m not sure when I’ll be allowed to return. I love what I do and I care about helping my community but your working conditions and patient practices are unacceptable. I have devoted nearly 8 years of my life to working for this organization. I work Weekends, Graveyards and Holidays to keep my
Members of the Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals didn’t let the rain stop them from standing with their community in Portland and distributing hundreds of books over the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. For many members, it was the chance to deliver care beyond the bedside. “It’s important that people see unions as a part of the community and to connect with people and help them understand what unions stand for,” says OFNHP member Rhea Hindemit. MORE

September 24, 2018 - Yesterday, the OFNHP Kaiser bargaining team announced a national tentative agreement between our Alliance of Health Care Unions and Kaiser Permanente. Read more to learn about the key points of this new tentative contract. 


Alliance Update-- Back to the Bargaining Table for Final Talks on Monday, September 17

September 12, 2018 - With the expiration of the [Kaiser] National Agreement looming at the end of the month, negotiations will resume in Los Angeles on Monday, September 17. Some progress has been made in prior rounds of talks, but there is a lot of ground to cover in a short time.

View the full update on the Alliance of Health Care Unions website.