The vote by the American Association of University Professors to authorize a strike at Portland State University does not mean the faculty will walk out on April 3. Faculty members have never gone on strike in PSU’s history. It does mean that the University and the AAUP will work diligently in the next three weeks to avoid a strike and negotiate a fair contract settlement.
Our top priority is to ensure that students remain on track with their courses. Spring term will open on schedule March 31, and registration for spring continues normally. If no agreement is reached by April 3 and the AAUP decides to strike, PSU has policies and procedures in place to remain open and continue campus operations. PSU's seven schools and colleges are developing plans to maintain classes in the event of a strike, and those details will be announced soon.
The University will communicate regularly with students, faculty and staff to update the status of contract negotiations and contingency plans. Updates will be posted on http://www.pdx.edu/oaa/2013-2015-psu-aaup-collective-bargaining-update. That site also includes links to fact sheets and frequently asked questions about a potential strike, PSU’s most recent contract offer and other relevant information.
PSU and AAUP are scheduled to meet Friday, March 14, to continue negotiations, and the strike vote makes it imperative that both sides work together to reach an agreement that will benefit faculty, students and the PSU community.