The following email was sent to members on Thursday December 8th:
We are writing to let you know that OHSU has advised our union that our members, along with other OHSU employees, will be receiving an email from OHSU about replacing our current sick leave/vacation system with a PTO (personal time off) system. Any proposals which may affect accruals and the ability to access sick leave and vacation are, by their nature, very concerning.
Unfortunately, some managers at OHSU have already begun telling their employees about this, before the union was even informed by OHSU of its intentions, and have been presenting it as if it was an accomplished fact. We have been getting concerned communications from our members.
Therefore, we believe we must immediately inform our members that this communication will be coming from OHSU. It’s unfortunate that OHSU has chosen to proceed in this manner rather than taking a more collaborative approach.
OHSU cannot implement any changes in our contract or our vacation/sick leave process without our union’s agreement, and we do NOT have to agree.
Communications to you from OHSU may say that PTO will be implemented and it may be presented as if it were a done deal.
In fact, it is not a done deal.
OHSU intends to make this change for their unclassified employees, and they intend to propose it to ONA during the nurses’ contract bargaining, which is currently under way. We do not yet know precisely what the proposal looks like.
There will be more information from us in the near future but we want to assure our members that no agreements of any kind will be made that affect Local 328 members without thorough and inclusive discussions with our membership.
We are not pleased with the way that this has been presented to our union and to our members.
Trying to push our members into accepting a change which hasn’t even been discussed with our union is not a good way to start discussions. We have asked our legal counsel to look into the way OHSU has conducted themselves in this matter.