Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber
has appointed Council 75 Executive Director Ken Allen to the Oregon Health
& Science University's Board of Directors. Oregon AFSCME Local 328
represents over 5,000 workers at OHSU, making it by far the Council's largest
single local union.
Allen will be one of 10
directors on the OHSU Board. Seven are appointed by the governor for four-year
terms once confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Three positions are mandated by law:
the sitting president of OHSU (currently Joe Robertson), one member of the
Oregon State Board of Higher Education and one OHSU student. The university
president serves on the board throughout his or her presidency, the student
board member serves a two-year term and each of the other members is appointed
for a four-year term.
"I have worked for more than
35 years representing health care workers and bargaining over health care for
our members," said Allen. "I bring that experience to the table. I look forward
to working to help OHSU continue to be an important economic engine for all of
Allen, who assumed Oregon
AFSCME's top position in 1995, is also a member of the Governor's Health Care
Exchange and recently concluded a stint on the Port of Portland Board of
Directors. He is also an AFSCME International Vice President, meaning he has a
seat on the national union's board as well.