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PSU responds to union’s notice to strike
Author: Scott Gallagher
Posted: April 3, 2014

Portland State University received notice Thursday that American Association of University Professors (AAUP) represented faculty could go out on strike on April 16.


Despite the strike notice, the University and the union will resume negotiations Friday to try and reach an agreement on faculty pay and other contract issues.


Last week, PSU modified its earlier offer to increase salaries and job security for union members. In addition to the salary offer below, PSU would increase job security for fixed-term faculty by reducing the years to seniority from six years to four years and by increasing the minimum percentage of fixed-term faculty with seniority on multi-year contracts from 45 to 60 percent. Here is the latest salary offer:


·         Fixed-term faculty earning below $40,000: 2 percent to 7.59 percent increase in 2014 plus 2 percent increase in 2015.  

·         Academic Professionals earning below $40,000:  2 percent to 5.81 percent increase in 2014 plus 2 percent increase in 2015.

·         Fixed-term faculty and Academic Professionals earning between $40-50,000: 2 to 3 percent increase in 2014 plus 2 percent increase in 2015.  

·         Fixed-term faculty and Academic Professionals earning more than $50,000: 2 percent increase in 2014 plus 2 percent increase in 2015.

·         Tenure-related faculty: 2 percent increase in 2014 plus 2 percent increase in 2015.

 

The largest increases would go to the lowest paid AAUP-represented faculty and academic professionals.

 

“PSU has offered raises that are fair within our fiscal constraints. We have agreed to improve job security for non-tenure track faculty,” said President Wim Wiewel. “We want a settlement, not a strike.”


PSU will continue to work toward resolving disagreements with the AAUP to reach a fair contract settlement and avert a strike. 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.

 

Updates are posted on http://www.pdx.edu/oaa/2013-2015-psu-aaup-collective-bargaining-update.  This site also includes links to previous contract offers, data on faculty and administrative salaries, faculty fact sheets and frequently asked questions about a potential strike and other relevant information.