Press Release: Outside Firm Hired by Oregon Tech Administration Broke Oregon Law; Bargaining Resumes Today Amidst Historic Strike

4-28-2021

Press contact: unite@oregontechaaup.org

For immediate release: A firm hired by Oregon Tech broke Oregon law when they employed instructors to replace striking faculty, allegedly for COVID-19 related reasons.

Oregon Tech’s senior administration hired a private firm called Focus EduVation to replace striking faculty, but that company did not immediately inform those substitutes that they were strikebreakers. Under Oregon law (ORS 662.215), replacements must be informed they are being hired to take the place of workers who are on strike or locked out. The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) has requested information via Oregon Public Records Request laws (ORS 192) on how public funds were used by Oregon Tech for this purpose.

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Strike has begun, and we are just getting started!

The first day of the first strike of public university faculty in the state of Oregon!

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Press Release: OT-AAUP Begins Historic Strike to Demand Fair Wages and Workload at OIT

4-26-21

Press contact: unite@oregontechaaup.org

For immediate release: Faculty organized through Oregon Tech – American Association of University Professors (OT-AAUP) went on strike at the Oregon Institute of Technology Monday, initiating a historic action to demand fair wages, secure benefits, and reasonable and clearly defined workload.

“We organized our union in record time and we’re the first faculty ever to go on strike in Oregon,” said Mark Clark, professor of history and OT-AAUP past president. “I hope Oregon Tech’s senior administration is prepared to negotiate a similarly historic contract.”

Negotiations continued through the weekend but no deal was reached, triggering a strike at 6:00 AM Monday morning. Senior administration rejected OT-AAUP’s good faith offer, leaving the union with no other recourse but to strike.

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