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Demand the respect we’ve earned: Sign the Petition!

“As of today our team has delivered 15 substantial proposals. We’ve reached 5 Tentative Agreements (TAs) which include: a legally binding grievance procedure & the right to have union meetings in conference rooms! But management has not responded to many of our proposals – that’s why we need you to show that you back what we’re proposing by signing the petition.
Bob Eldredge Supply Chain Specialist

“Bargaining is going well, we’re on track with our timeline and we’re following it pretty well. We’re moving on the smaller issue things and looking to address the big issue items including staffing and healthcare. We’re aiming to get through all our proposals by the end of the year and are working on getting management moving on that.
Lori Quinn EVS

“The support from the doctors, nurses, and coworkers in our union has been amazing and continues to show. This petition is another way that shows we mean business and are together in this. This won’t just benefit our members. It will benefit our patients and ensure they get the quality care they deserve. Management is speechless when they see what we can accomplish in such a short amount of time.”
Olga Aguilar CNA

I’m very pleased that we’ve reached a tentative agreement on grievance procedures. Now we will have a specific procedure to follow. There will be a time frame, as well, in which the issue will need to be resolved. The problem can’t just drag on and on. We also won’t have to deal with a grievance on our own – we have our union for help and support.”
Chris Tonry Admitting

Bargaining Update
Our bargaining team has made 15 proposals for contract language to management so far. Of those, we have tentatively agreed to 5 of them. Most importantly, we’ve agreed to a fair workplace grievance procedure – which means in the event of a disagreement with management, an issue goes to a neutral 3rd party arbitrator to be decided. We are waiting to hear back from management on our other proposals, which include:

  • A fair discipline & discharge process
  • Equality of employment opportunity
  • Employee status & seniority rights
  • Employment security & rights for employees if there is a lay-off or restructure
  • Protecting our rights if Peachealth were to sell to another company
  • Hours of work and overtime – including returning consecutive weekend pay, overtime after a shift and other improvements.
  • Premium pay & differentials
  • Free parking and discounted employee meals

We also plan a proposal around improving PTO accrual to bring fairness across the Peacehealth system. Our research has shown that other Peacehealth locations are accruing PTO at higher rates than here at Sacred Heart.

Support a fair contract by signing the petition
Talk to a CAT or Bargaining Team member to sign!

Next Bargaining Session is Wednesday, October 21st!

SEIU Members Across PeaceHealth


Our SEIU member leaders from Sacred Heart in Eugene/Springfield OR, St. John in Longview WA, and St. Joseph in Bellingham WA.

Our first bargaining session today, go team!

Members at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart in Springfield started bargaining their first contract with management today. Go team!


Our membership is a Super-Majority of 70%, and Growing!


We did it!!!

524 YES to 367! We’re a union now, standing together. Time to put patients and caregivers first! More news on next steps early next week!

We are Voting Yes!



What is the Union Difference?


“Being short staffed makes my job very difficult – I worry every day about how it will affect our patients. So, I stood up and took action because I was really concerned about workload in the Material Service department. My coworkers and I raised these issues together, and as a result, management posted and filled 5 positions. Now, we have the necessary staffing to do a great job for our patients and colleagues!”

Eric Bradfield, Logistics Tech
Legacy-Emanuel Hospital, Portland

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We’re front-page news!

From the Register-Guard article:

RGheadlineAnna Blackman, CNA on 8 Medical is quoted in the article: “We have been voicing to management for years that we need some improvements, and we felt like we needed a united voice to be able to make some progress,” she said. “There isn’t job security, and talented caregivers don’t stay here because of this lack of security and low wages.”

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Headline: “Peacehealth hospital doctors sound alarm”

From the Register-Guard article:

Screen Shot 2015-04-06 at 3.23.47 PM“We’re very concerned about patient safety. That’s our No. 1 goal to ensure that,” said Dr. Brittany Ellison, a hospitalist at Sacred Heart and communications director for the recently formed Pacific Northwest Hospital Medicine Association…”

The lack of hospitalists “puts a huge strain on the staff, including nurses, CNAs and specialists…It’s just ridiculous the number of hours we’re doing and the number of patients we’re seeing,” she said.

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