Unions and Statewide Healthcare Groups Spend a Combined $3 Million on Legislative Campaigns

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While public sector unions spent heavily on competitive elections, other organizations like the Oregon Health Care Association targeted its money toward influencing legislation.

September 12, 2013 -- A review of the major Oregon healthcare organizations and unions shows these players made healthy contributions to political campaigns, influencing elections and legislation over the past three years.

Public Employees’ Benefit Board Plans For Big Budget Hole

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Worst-case scenario is “wholesale slaughter,” says board member Diane Lovell

March 28, 2011--The Public Employees’ Benefit Board (PEBB) agreed last week to implement benefit cuts and surcharges to its members that will help it close a looming budget gap somewhere between $20.5 million and $104.5 million.

St. Charles Employees Win Union Representation

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The largest, private sector, Oregon NLRB election in over a decade has been settled

February 2, 2011 -- St. Charles Medical Center employees in Bend voted in a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) election to form a union with Service Employees International Union Local 49 on January 5th.

Election results were delayed due to ballot challenges by the NRLB. Today the NLRB opened ballots and 600 St. Charles workers will now be represented by SEIU Local 49. This vote was the largest private sector NLRB election since 1996.

St. Charles Redmond Nurses Vote in Favor of Contract

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January 24, 2011 -- The nurses at St. Charles Redmond voted in favor of ratifying their three-year Oregon Nurses Association contract Thursday.

“We are so pleased that the nurses felt the contract was fair and voted in favor of supporting it,” said Katy Vitcovich, Senior Vice President of Human Resources for St. Charles Health System. “I’d like to thank everyone who was involved in the negotiations for working well together, respecting one another and coming up with a contract that both sides felt comfortable recommending.”

Workers Picket Against Springfield Hospital

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SEIU service workers at McKenzie-Willamette picketed for a day in protest of changes to health benefits

@ The Register-Guard
November 18, 2010 -- About 200 service workers — housekeepers, nurse’s aides and others — had walked a picket line at McKenzie-Willamette hospital by midafternoon Wednesday during a one-day strike against the hospital, a union leader said.

Service Employees International Union Local 49 represents about 340 employees at McKenzie- Willamette.


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