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President Wiewel responds to concerns about a possible faculty strike in Spring term
Author: Chris Broderick
Posted: March 7, 2014

March 7, 2014

Dear Students,

Questions and concerns are being raised by students whether there will be a strike by Portland State faculty and what impact that would have on the upcoming spring term. Our top priority is to ensure that you remain on track with your courses.

Here is a summary of developments:

  • The university continues to negotiate with the faculty union, the American Association of University Professors, to reach an agreement. The AAUP declared an impasse in negotiations February 24, and under collective bargaining rules, the union and the university submitted final contract offers March 3. If no agreement is reached, the AAUP can hold a strike vote. If successful, the earliest date that the AAUP could strike would be April 3.
  • Spring term will open on schedule March 31, and registration for classes continues normally. We are optimistic that a strike will be avoided. If not, PSU has policies and procedures in place to maintain operations, including housing and all campus services.
  • PSU is making arrangements so students can stay on track with the courses they need even if there is a strike. Details will be announced in a timely fashion.  Commencement ceremonies will be held as scheduled June 15 at the Moda Center to award undergraduate and graduate degrees to the Class of 2014.

Portland State University recognizes the excellent work of our faculty and will work diligently toward a fair contract settlement. We are working to achieve that goal so that everyone – students, faculty and administrators – can enjoy a successful spring term.

The PSU bargaining team has been posting regular updates that summarize the progress of negotiations at http://www.pdx.edu/oaa/2013-2015-psu-aaup-collective-bargaining-update. That page also includes links to fact sheets and frequently asked questions that help explain the larger budget challenges at PSU. Students, staff and faculty can stay informed of future developments by following this site.

Thank you,

Wim Wiewel

President of Portland State University