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.
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.
March 16, 2011--The Public Employees’ Benefit Board, facing a gaping budget hole next year whose size is still unknown, has devised a draft priority list of potential cost-saving changes to health benefits for state workers.
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.
January 26, 2011 -- SEIU along with the staff at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center are worried about the cleanliness of the hospital and, potentially, an increase in infection rates because of a plan to restructure its housekeeping staff.
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.”
@ 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.