8/1/2019 - Interest Based Bargaining

Hello fellow scientists!

Let’s start today with an update on OHSU Local 328, Graduate Researchers United’s sibling union on the hill. After their bargaining reached an impasse last month, their members held a massive picket on campus, bringing together over 1500 union members and allies (including GRU!).

Local 328 returned to mediation on August 13th. After a grueling 22 hour long bargaining session, OHSU and the Union reached a tentative agreement on their contract. Of the three contested issues in their bargaining (healthcare takebacks, tiered raises, and PTO), the Union won their desired language on all three! Congratulations Local 328!

Now what about our bargaining?

So What Happened on August 1?

At the previous bargaining session, the Management team indicated their desire to try Interest Based Bargaining (IBB). The Union agreed to give it a try and both teams attended a training on IBB on the 1st. IBB on the 29th will focus on the scope and hours of our work.

What is Interest Based Bargaining?

Here are the steps of IBB:

Sharing stories bargaining teams discuss specific cases and examples from parties with an interest in the bargaining subject. For the Union, this is you! The Union team needs to hear from you about the work that you do using THIS GOOGLE FORM. Even if you don’t think you have anything to contribute or don’t feel comfortable attaching your name to your story, take a look at the prompts on the form. Every submission helps!

Declaring Interests the bargaining teams use the stories to elucidate their core interests driving their positions on an issue, such as respect, safety, or control. Here are some examples:

Bad example.  Let’s try again.

Never mind, let’s move on.

Proposing Solutions – the teams propose multiple possible solutions to the issue which meet different sets of interests

Evaluating Solutions the teams work together to create and adopt the solution that fits with all of the listed interests

How is this different from what we have been doing?

Here are a few key differences between IBB and traditional/position-based bargaining:

Action and Events – Special Edition

The next bargaining session will be held on Thursday, August 29 in the School of Nursing 116 from 9:00-2:00. Here’s a message from GRU lead negotiator Sam Papadakis on why it’s important that you come:

Next Thursday is likely going to beTHE MOST EXCITINGbargaining session we've had thus far! We'll FINALLY be discussing our job description and hours of work with management. Their position: Anything "academic" in nature is outside the scope of bargaining. Our position: Anything employment in nature is a MANDATORY subject of bargaining, even if it is coincidentally academic! The best part? We're bringing in an attorney to prove our point -- it's a big deal!!!
SPREAD THE WORD! Grab your friends, wear blue, and show up next Thursday 8/29 @ 9am, SON 116 (or ~10:15am during a caucus - check slack for updates).

How are we going to convince them that our dissertations are "work?" Well, any activity directed by a manager constitutes "employment," so we need EVIDENCE that your PI directs your dissertation in some way!

EVERYONE can contribute a story about how their PI directs their work -- do you meet with them about progress? Do they help guide your experiments? Do they tell you what projects to work on or how many hours you should work each week? Write a few sentences about it in this google form so we can document how our research is work. Share this form with your friends!


I'll add one more reason to come on Thursday. Due to the nature of some of the stories shared in IBB, there are much stricter limitations on what I'm able to say about this bargaining session and anything I do communicate has to be agreed to by Management. If you want the unfiltered version of events, you'll have to come see for yourself.

Better Know Your Community: Queer Health Alliance

Queer Health Alliance is a student interest group lead by Anna Persmark, Miles Fletcher and Olivier Ezell dedicated to building community among LGBT students and allies at OHSU. It functions mainly as an informal social group hosting unstructured events for queer OHSU students such as happy hours, camping trips, and documentary screenings.

The group takes a relaxed approach to community events but is also involved in advocacy and action at OHSU. Founding members were concerned about the lack of education specific to queer and trans health in their med school curriculum, and have advocated for greater attention to these communities in educational materials at OHSU. Queer Health Alliance hosted a panel of physicians specializing in trans care, and members were also involved in pushing for optional displaying of pronouns on OHSU ID badges. Many of their members are involved in the queer undergrad mentorship program affiliated with the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

Queer Health Alliance is for all OHSU students, but their current membership is skewed towards medical, dental, and pharmacy students and they are interested in getting more involvement from graduate students. If you’re interested in hearing about their events or might want to get involved, contact student leaders Anna Persmark (Miles Fletcher at [email protected] to be added to the ListServ.

Thanks for your great work Queer Health Alliance!

That's all for now. Hope to see you on Thursday.

Science and Solidarity,

- Graduate Researchers United