OIT AAUP Newsletter 1.2 — Pre-Convocation News

Good morning colleagues!

As we get ready for the start of the next academic year, your faculty union has a short newsletter for you! As announced in the previous newsletter, the Faculty Union Negotiation Team issued a Demand to Bargain over the summer. The date for initial negotiations regarding ground rules has been set for September 26, during the interim week between Convocation and the first week of classes.

Early this term, a general Faculty Union meeting will be announced (with access for Portland-Metro and Online faculty). This meeting will include more information about the bargaining process and what faculty can expect from their union in the coming year. While we were unable to schedule a time during Convocation, we will strive to make this meeting as accessible as possible for all faculty.

And, in related news, OIT Staff organized under the Service Employees International Union (SEIU, local 503) are currently negotiating their contract as well. We are invited to wear purple on their negotiation days to show support and solidarity for our co-workers. If you would like to show your support, the OIT-AAUP Newsletters this term will include their negotiation dates as well as ours.

We’ll see you all next week!

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

OIT AAUP Newsletter 1.1 — Bargaining!

Good morning colleagues!

Earlier this summer, the Faculty Union Negotiation Team issued a Demand to Bargain to the university administration. While our union was officially recognized last year after the card campaign, the union executive committee was still gathering input from the larger faculty body regarding the issues that mattered most to them.

Over the past year, the executive committee, negotiation team and a research committee reviewed the contracts from other AAUP faculty unions across the country, sought input from AAUP leadership and communicated with members of the newly formed faculty union at Oregon State University. We continue to seek faculty input for contract articles as negotiation goes on, but as our administrative structure settles into place, we believe it’s time to get the ball rolling on bargaining.

The negotiation team issued their official Demand to Bargain, preferencing dates in August to set the initial ground rules for negotiation (a necessary “syllabus day” for how both sides of the negotiating table should expect the process to proceed). We have not settled on a particular date to begin yet, but the administration’s response suggests that negotiations will begin just before the start of Fall term.

Faculty will receive invitations to attend negotiation sessions (in person or remotely) as those dates are set.

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