Bargaining Blog

Stay up to date as your bargaining team builds the first contract for Graduate Researchers United!

Hello fellow scientists, Thank you to those of you who have already filled out the survey. We have received 96 responses so far, and the results and comments have been mixed.
Hello fellow scientists, Your bargaining team engaged in mediation with the Management team from noon to 11:00pm yesterday. During this time, economic proposals were traded back and forth. While there was some progress toward a deal, we unfortunately did not receive any proposals that completely met the needs of our unit, as identified in a bargaining priorities survey.
Hello fellow scientists! Mediation between GRU and OHSU Management is ongoing. As a reminder, this is a new stage of contract bargaining in which a mediator from the Oregon Employment Relations Board facilitates bargaining. There have been two mediation sessions and you can learn about how that process is going below. We won’t bury the lead, mediation is not going particularly well.
Hello fellow scientists! Mediation between GRU and OHSU Management has begun. As a reminder, this is a new stage of contract bargaining in which a mediator from the Oregon Employment Relations Board facilitates bargaining. You can learn about what happened at the first mediation session below. Also in this issue, you can read what Oregon Speaker of the House Tina Kotek had to say about GRU bargaining to Danny Jacobs, and learn what GRU has in common with the striking Harvard graduate students!
Hello fellow scientists! Thank you to all of you who helped to make the GRU Picket for a Fair Contract such a huge success! Joined by allies from across the Portland area, graduate researchers came together to demand a fair contract in unison.
Hello fellow scientists! GRU’s in the news! The story of our tough contract fight is attracting the attention of Oregon’s organized labor community and local media. You can read about GRU in these recent articles in the Lund Report and the East Oregonian, and listen to us on the Oregon AFL-CIO Podcast.
Hello fellow scientists! The bargaining team and other GRU organizers have been receiving a large influx of questions and commentary from you all ever since Management sent out their first round of economics proposals. If you were skeptical when you received an OHSU Now communication from Management, you’re not alone.

Hello fellow scientists,

On Thursday, October 24, the OHSU Management bargaining team finally returned their first counter to economic issues that our union proposed several months ago. Instead of sending the full contract language out to you all, Management summarized the “highlights.”