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New OHSU ONA Labor Representatives

Julie Kettler, OHSU Oregon Nurses Association Labor Representative, submitted her letter of resignation to ONA on Friday April 9th. She has been a dedicated and key contributor to both AURN and ONA’s Labor Staff in her capacity as an exceptional representative for over 7 years, since December of 2002. We wish her well in her new professional endeavor as a Federal Mediator with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS).

The timing of Julie’s resignation has allowed the ONA to reassign the OHSU/ONA negotiation that is scheduled to begin this month to Rob Nosse, ONA Labor Representative (currently assigned to the Providence Portland Medical Center). Rob is a skilled and experienced negotiator who has been employed by ONA for 5 years, and has been a labor leader and representative for over 15 years. Additionally, Tresa Cavanaugh has been temporarily hired as an ONA Staff Labor Representative full-time for OHSU to handle contract administration. Tresa has her JD from Lewis and Clark College and comes to us with representational experience from UFCW. Courtney Niebel, ONA Labor Representative, will continue in her current assignment at OHSU, as well. Finally, to assure a smooth transition, Julie will continue to work in her current position for the next few weeks through May 7th.

Rob Nosse Tresa Cavanaugh Courtney Niebel

With these staffing changes in place your team anticipates being able to maintain the negotiating schedule that had been agreed to with OHSU, with the intent to complete negotiations for a successor agreement by the current contract’s expiration date of September 31, 2010. The team is confident that the new representatives will effectively represent and protect our nurses’ interests during this period of transition.


Harold Fleshman
OHSU President Assistant Executive

Paul Goldberg
Assistant Executive Director Labor Relations

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