Several students at PSU have asked whether there will be a faculty strike that will cancel classes later this term. To be clear, the PSU chapter of the American Association of University Professors, which represents tenured, tenured-track and fixed-term faculty, remains in contract negotiations with the university.
While the university remains committed to reaching an agreement, PSU has policies and procedures in place to maintain campus operations in the event of a strike by any group of represented employees, including faculty. Our top priority is to ensure that students remain on track with their courses.
A mediator has been working with the faculty and the administration to settle terms for a new contract, and they remain at the negotiating table to try to reach an agreement. Under collective bargaining rules, an impasse would have to be declared before the union can ask its members to vote on a strike, and no impasse has been declared. A strike cannot take place until at least 30 days after an impasse. However, PSU is hopeful that mediation will move negotiations forward and help settle terms for a new contract. The university and the faculty union have extended the current contract through February 28.
The PSU bargaining team has been posting regular updates summarizing the progress of negotiations at http://www.pdx.edu/oaa/2013-2015-psu-aaup-collective-bargaining-update . Students, staff and faculty can stay informed of future developments by following this site.