Portland State University students have asked whether a faculty strike will occur in April. The University and the American Association of University Professors are continuing negotiations in an effort to reach a contract agreement and avert a strike. Both sides met twice last week and are meeting again this week with a state mediator to try to resolve differences. The University modified its earlier offer to increase salaries and job security for faculty members. Details of PSU’s current offer are posted on http://www.pdx.edu/oaa/2013-2015-psu-aaup-collective-bargaining-update
While the University remains committed to reaching a settlement, PSU is developing contingency plans in the event of a strike by the AAUP. Collective bargaining rules require the union to give the University 10 days notice before a potential strike, and that has not occurred as of Tuesday, April 1. If the union gives notice of a strike, the University will communicate strike response plans to students, faculty and staff.
PSU’s goal is to keep students on track with their courses, but some services would be disrupted by a strike. The impact on classes is difficult to predict because not all AAUP members would strike and many classes are taught by adjunct faculty who are not represented by the AAUP. Specific plans will be announced if a strike becomes imminent.
For updates of negotiations, go to the above website, which also includes links to earlier contract offers, data on faculty and administrative salaries, faculty fact sheets and frequently asked questions about a potential strike and other relevant information.