December 6, 2019 Negotiation Session

Notes contributed by Negotiating Team member Dr. David Johnston, Natural Sciences

On December 6, 2019, the Oregon Tech and OT-AAUP negotiating teams met for the second session of their fourth round of negotiations.

The OT-AAUP team presented their counter proposals to Preamble, Severability, and Totality of Agreement.

There was some discussion over the language that OT-AAUP added to the Preamble article, as well as over some of the language OT-AAUP removed from the Severability article. OT-AAUP explained that the added language was meant to help set the tone for the agreement, to remind all parties why the faculty voted to unionize, and emphasize that all parties are devoted to the improvement of the University. The Oregon Tech team was concerned that additional language could provide an avenue for faculty in the future to file a grievance against the University. Both teams agreed to present a new Preamble counter at the next negotiating session.

As to the Severability proposal, the OT-AAUP team felt it was prudent to keep the Severability article short, as many of the points in the original proposal are covered under Oregon State law. There was a brief discussion over whether it was best to include language from the statute. The Oregon Tech team stated they would review the issue and present a counter proposal at a later time.

The Oregon Tech team agreed, in principle, to the Totality of Agreement counter proposal, but said they wanted to discuss it one more time.

The OT-AAUP also presented a new proposal, Personnel Files, which dealt with the ability of faculty to have access to their personnel files stored both by Human Resources and the Provost’s office. The Oregon Tech team asked for some clarification around the timelines and type of information that was kept in these files. The teams agreed that the Oregon Tech team would review this article further and present a counter at a later time.

The Oregon Tech team presented a counter to OT-AAUP’s Non-Discrimination proposal. The Association team was concerned that the counter referenced current OIT policy, and voiced their concern regarding the administration’s “flexibility” when following or applying current policy. OT-AAUP said they would review Oregon Tech’s proposal and would likely counter at the next session.

The Oregon Tech team also presented a proposal on Notices & Communications, which deals with how the University and the Union should exchange official notices. The Oregon Tech proposal called for email to be the primary means of communication. There followed some discussion about the reliability and security of email. It was decided that the OT-AAUP team would propose a counter at the next session.

Lastly, the teams agreed on meeting times for the Winter 2020 term. The teams will meet on January 16 & 17, January 30 & 31, February 13 & 14, February 27 & 28, and March 12 & 13.

*In an email conversation from December 12, 2019. It was decided to cancel the February 13 & 14, due to the New Wings Registration event.

December 5, 2019 Negotiation Session

Notes contributed by Negotiating Team member Dr. David Johnston, Natural Sciences

On December 5, 2019, the Oregon Tech and the OT-AAUP bargaining teams met for the first session of their fourth round of negotiations. Maureen De Armond, Oregon Tech’s new Associate Vice President of Human Resources, joined the Oregon Tech team, replacing Sandi Hanan. During this session, the teams exchanged their first set of proposals, beginning the 300-day, mandatory bargaining clock.

The OT-AAUP team presented Association Rights, Definitions, Non-Discrimination, and Recognition.

The Oregon Tech team presented Preamble, Successor Agreement, Severability, Statutory Compliance, and Totality of Agreement.

The teams spent most of the session introducing their articles and asking clarifying questions of the opposing team.

The teams agreed in principle to the language of Oregon Tech’s Successor Agreement proposal, but could not TA the article, as dates need to be filled in once the CBA has been finalized.

Both teams felt that the Recognition proposal was straightforward, but the Oregon Tech team requested a few clarifications be incorporated, the OT-AAUP team did not object.

Additionally, the teams agreed that the Definitions article would be a running document, which could be added to when necessary.

The OT-AAUP team said they would prepare counter proposals to Oregon Tech’s Preamble, Severability, and Totality of Agreement, and the Oregon Tech team said they would prepare a counters to OT-AAUP’s Non-Discrimination and Association Rights, but that it would most likely be several sessions before the counter to Association Rights was ready.

The OT-AAUP team, along with our AAUP representative, Sarah Lanius, felt that the Statutory Compliance article proposed by the Oregon Tech team was extraneous and unwarranted, as it is does not appear in any of the other Oregon University CBAs, and the only purpose it seemed to serve was to limit the rights of the Association. As such, the OT-AAUP team will not respond to this article, effectively rejecting it.

November 14, 2019 Negotiation Session

Notes contributed by Negotiating Team member Dr. David Johnston, Natural Sciences

On November 14, 2019 the Oregon Tech and the OT-AAUP bargaining tems met for their third round of negotiations. The parties concluded their discussion of, and tentatively agreed to, ground rules. The ground rules were signed by chief negotiators Brian Caufield and Cristina Negoita on November 20, 2019. A copy of the signed ground rules can be found on the OT-AAUP website. The OT-AAUP negotiating team was generally pleased with the ground rules, specifically since it did not limit the ability of our membership to observe the negotiations, and that the agreed upon negotiating time frame does not put the faculty in an overly disadvantageous position if a strike becomes necessary. Both parties agreed to begin exchanging CBA article proposals at our next meeting on December 5.

Winter Term Negotiation Schedule

Please find listed below the time, date, and location information for all bargaining sessions taking place during winter term.

 

Thursday, January 16, 8:00 am – 11:00 am

(Host Site Portland-Metro Campus)

Schedule: Start Caucus at 8:00 am, Start Session at 8:30 am

Negotiation Room

  • Klamath Falls: College Union, Sunset
  • Portland-Metro: Room 402

Skype: Join Skype Meeting

Join by Phone: 1 (888) 858-6021, Conference ID: 8337990839

Caucus Room

  • Klamath Falls: College Union, Diamond Peak
  • Portland-Metro: Room 130

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Friday, January 17, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

 (Host Site Portland-Metro Campus)

 Negotiation Room

  • Klamath Falls: College Union, Mt. McLaughlin
  • Portland-Metro: Room 225

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Caucus Room

  • Klamath Falls: College Union, Diamond Peak
  • Portland-Metro: Room 130

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Thursday, January 30, 8:00 am – 11:00 am

 Schedule: Start Caucus at 8:00 am, Start Session at 8:30 am

 Negotiation Room

  • Klamath Falls: College Union, Sunset
  • Portland-Metro: Room 225

Skype: Join Skype Meeting

Join by Phone: 1 (888) 858-6021, Conference ID: 8337990839

Caucus Room

  • Klamath Falls: College Union, Diamond Peak

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Friday, January 31, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

 Negotiation Room

  • Klamath Falls: College Union, Mt. McLoughlin
  • Portland-Metro: Room 225

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Caucus Room

  • Klamath Falls: College Union, Student Affairs Conference Room

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Join by Phone: 1 (971) 337-0109, Conference ID: 612044841

 

Thursday, February 27, 8:00 am – 11:00 am

 Schedule: Start Caucus at 8:00 am, Start Session at 8:30 am

 Negotiation Room

  • Klamath Falls: College Union, Sunset
  • Portland-Metro: Room 225

Skype: Join Skype Meeting

Join by Phone: 1 (888) 858-6021, Conference ID: 8337990839

Caucus Room

  • Klamath Falls: College Union, Diamond Peak

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Friday, February 28, 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

 *This session must end at 5:30 pm due to room availability.

 Negotiation Room

  • Klamath Falls: College Union, Sunset
  • Portland-Metro: Room 225

Skype: Join Skype Meeting

Join by Phone: 1 (888) 858-6021, Conference ID: 8337990839

Caucus Room

  • Klamath Falls: College Union, Student Affairs Conference Room

Skype: Join Skype Meeting

Join by Phone: 1 (971) 337-0109, Conference ID: 120330862

 

Thursday, March 12, 8:00 am – 11:00 am

 (Host Site Portland-Metro Campus)

 Schedule: Start Caucus at 8:00 am, Start Session at 8:30 am

 Negotiation Room

  • Klamath Falls: College Union, Sunset
  • Portland-Metro: Room 402

Skype: Join Skype Meeting

Join by Phone: 1 (888) 858-6021, Conference ID: 8337990839

Caucus Room

  • Klamath Falls: College Union, Diamond Peak
  • Portland-Metro: Room 130

Skype: Join Skype Meeting

Join by Phone: 1 (888) 858-6021, Conference ID: 9008058011

 

Friday, March 13, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

 (Host Site Portland-Metro Campus)

 Negotiation Room

  • Klamath Falls: College Union, Sunset
  • Portland-Metro: Room 402

Skype: Join Skype Meeting

Join by Phone: 1 (888) 858-6021, Conference ID: 8337990839

Caucus Room

  • Klamath Falls: College Union, Student Affairs Conference Room
  • Portland-Metro: 130

Skype: Join Skype Meeting

Join by Phone: 1 (971) 337-0109, Conference ID: 525226171

October 17, 2019 Negotiation Session

Notes contributed by Negotiating Team member Dr. David Johnston, Natural Sciences

October 17, 2019 was the first meeting between the OT-AAUP and the Oregon Tech bargaining teams. The main agenda of the meeting was to begin discussion of Negotiating Ground Rules and to set times for the next several meetings. OT-AAUP was represented by Chief Negotiator and Mathematics Professor Cristina Negoita, CSET Associate Professor Phil Howard, MIT Professor Stephen Schultz, Information Systems Librarian Karen Kunz, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Chelsea Gustafson, and Instructor of Physics David Johnston. Oregon Tech was represented by Chief Negotiator and USSE Labor Relations Director Brian Caufield, Assistant Director of Human Resources Sandi Hanan, Associate Dean of ETM Brian Moravec, Assistant Vice President Stephanie Pope, Dean of ETM Tom Keyser, and Associate Provost Abdy Afjeh. Jim Bakken, AAUP Pacific Northwest Lead Organizer, served as an advisor to the OT-AAUP negotiating team.

Oregon Tech President Nagi Naganathan, Provost Joanna Mott, and Vice President of Finance Brian Fox were present at the beginning of the meeting to express their support for the bargaining process, their appreciation for the service of members of both negotiating teams, and their faith that the bargaining endeavor will be successful.

After team introductions, the parties began discussion of the ground rules proposed by each team. The teams agreed, in principle, to many of the common procedural items put forward in both proposals, with both teams agreeing to work on the specific language in future counter-proposals. For instance, both teams agreed that all team members as well as all observers and all invited presenters will conduct themselves professionally and in a manner keeping with that expected from members of the university community.

The Oregon Tech negotiating team proposed that all bargaining sessions be held in executive session, and that the number of observers allowed by each team be limited in number. Additionally, their proposal called for all observers to be invited, and for each team to provide the other with a list of all invited observers prior to a bargaining session. The OT-AAUP team did not agree to this proposal. Instead, they proposed that all bargaining sessions be open to any who would like to attend, and that prior notice of observers was not necessary. The parties did not reach an agreement on this point, so it will continue to be negotiated at future sessions.

The OT-AAUP negotiating team proposed that any OT-AAUP union service, and, in particular, service on the OT-AAUP negotiating team be considered as service to the university for the purpose of faculty and staff performance evaluations. Additionally, the OT-AAUP team proposed that each member of the bargaining team be granted a 3-workload-unit-per-quarter reduction for the duration of the negotiations. The Oregon Tech team suggested that the workload reduction request might be better included in substantive proposal discussions after Ground Rules have been established. The Oregon Tech team said they would discuss the service request with administration, leaving the issue to be debated at the next meeting.

Both teams agreed to future meetings on the following six days:

  • Thursday, October 31, from 3 – 5 pm;
  • Friday, November 1, from 8 – 10:30 am, and from 2 – 4 pm;
  • Thursday, November 14, from 3 – 6 pm;
  • Friday, November 15, from 8 – 10:30 am, and from 2 – 4 pm;
  • Thursday, December 5, from 2 – 6 pm; and
  • Friday, December 6, from 8 – 10:30 am, and 2 – 4 pm

Overall, all OT-AAUP Negotiating Team members felt that this first session was positive and encouraging, and are hopeful that future sessions will be equally productive.

Good morning colleagues!

After some last minute rescheduling before the start of the term (for which we’d like to congratulate our SEIU colleagues on achieving a historic contract!), the Oregon Tech chapter of AAUP is set to begin negotiating ground rules this coming Thursday, October 17. The negotiation will run from 2-6pm in Room 402 at Portland Metro and the Sunset conference room in Klamath Falls.

During these meetings, our negotiation team will bargain on behalf of all faculty. As such, negotiation sessions are open to all faculty who wish to attend and observe. Future meetings will alternate locations, but we will always have a Skype link connecting both campuses. In this first meeting, any faculty wishing to observe will need to do so physically from either Room 402 or Sunset. We hope that future negotiation sessions will be more accessible by our Chemeketa, Seattle and online colleagues and will push for those considerations in our ground rules.

During our negotiation days, we invite faculty to wear red or white (AAUP’s organizational colors) in a show of support for our negotiation team, even if the time or location of the negotiation meeting means you cannot attend. All visible support shows that we are a united faculty at Oregon Tech and helps strengthen our negotiation team’s bargaining position.

Following this and all negotiation sessions, you can expect a recap of proposals offered and any agreements made. Follow the progress of our negotiations at OregenTechAAUP.org!

In Solidarity,

Matt Frye, OIT-AAUP Secretary, on behalf of the OIT-AAUP Executive Board
Mark Clark, OIT-AAUP President
Yasha Rohwer, OIT-AAUP Vice President
Kevin Pintong, OIT-AAUP Treasurer
Andria Fultz, OIT-AAUP Member at-Large
Kyle Chapman, OIT-AAUP Member at-Large