Portland State University and the Oregon University System have given final approval to the new two-year collective bargaining agreement for faculty represented by the American Association of University Professors. Members of the faculty union ratified the contract with a 97 percent vote on April 22.
The AAUP represents tenured and tenure-track professors, fixed-term faculty and academic professionals, and 975 members voted to ratify the contract, according to the notice posted by the AAUP.
Under the contract terms, the largest increases go to the lowest paid AAUP-represented faculty and academic professionals. Details include:
- All salaries increased to at least $40,000.
- 2.5 percent salary increases effective at the beginning of both 2014 and 2015.
- An additional one-time salary increase of 1.5 percent for tenure, tenure track and fixed-term faculty in fiscal year 2014-15 to help faculty salaries move closer to their peers at comparative institutions.
- Better job security for non-tenure track faculty by increasing the length of contracts for the most senior faculty members and shortening time for eligibility.
- Agreement regarding promotion and tenure and post-tenure review guideline roles: the Faculty Senate will be responsible for drafting a new post-tenure review process and AAUP will retain a role in approving changes to promotion and tenure processes.
- For certain academic professionals, a one-time salary increase in fiscal year 2014-15, based on years of service, to address salary compression issues.