Union members overwhelmingly ratified a new labor contract at Oregon Health Sciences University last week after a four-day strike by 3,200 support staff personnel.
"I think that the margin of victory was so large that it was a very positive statement," said Don Loving, spokesman for Local 328 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. "It's a done deal. It wasn't even close."
The union's bargaining team had urged members to support the contract, which called for employees to receive a 3% raise retroactive to Aug. 1.
The pact also continued OHSU payments to the Public Employee Labor
Retirement System and gave additional wage increases averaging 2.37% to about 1,500 workers whose salaries were verified as being below market rate.
The selective raises would affect employees in 53 classifications, including clerical and office workers, speech pathologists and some technicians.
The union, however, was unable to win selective raises for pharmacists, respiratory therapists or custodians, said another union spokeswoman, Bev Swanson.
"Those folks whose classifications were selected as getting a second increase, they're satisfied with the agreement," Swanson said. "There are a number of classifications that we tried to get onto the agreement, and management was adamant about taking them off. And of course, they're not happy."
OHSU spokeswoman Lois Davis said the employees to receive selective raises were those whose salaries had been verified as being far below the market rate.
"It's particularly targeted at those groups where we have real trouble recruiting and maintaining workers," Davis said.
The selective raises will take effect Oct. 16, 1995, and June 30, 1996.
OHSU is the biggest teaching hospital in the state.