Press Release: OT-AAUP Strike Planned for Monday: Faculty Will Strike if No Agreement is Reached

4-23-21

Press contact: unite@oregontechaaup.org

For immediate release: Oregon Tech – American Association of University Professors (OT-AAUP) will go on strike Monday, April 26 at 6am, if no agreement is reached. The strike will not be delayed by senior administration’s recent frivolous petition of the labor board and OT-AAUP will be seeking dismissal of the petition. 

“We’re confident in our ability to conduct a lawful strike. If no tentative agreement is reached, the strike will begin Monday as planned,” said Kari Lundgren, OT-AAUP spokesperson and associate professor in the Communication Department at Oregon Tech.

OT-AAUP invites members of the community to join us on the picket lines Monday. Supporters can sign up for shifts and email updates on a potential strike here: https://oregontechaaup.org/events/not-oit-faculty-but-interested-in-picketing-let-us-know-here/ 

Supporters can also send letters to senior administration here: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/fair-contract-now-for-otaaup 

Negotiations will continue, even during a strike. OT-AAUP will fight tirelessly for a fair contract that achieves fair wages, secure benefits, and reasonable, clearly-defined workload for Oregon Tech faculty.


OT-AAUP Mission:

We are the united faculty of Oregon Tech. Through teaching, outreach, and scholarship, we generate and share knowledge to advance the lives of students, the well-being of communities, and the understanding of the world in which we live. We believe that an empowered and organized faculty will help build a better Oregon Tech for current and future generations, which is why we are organizing our union. https://oregontechaaup.org/

OT-AAUP principles:

Defend and implement the principles of public education so that students of diverse backgrounds are provided opportunities to excel.

Champion academic freedom, rigorous discourse, and scientific inquiry so that all members of the university community are encouraged and supported in their endeavors to contribute to the mission of Oregon Tech.

Uphold shared governance of the university characterized by open and responsible communication, fair treatment of individuals, participatory processes, and collaborative decision-making.

Secure working conditions that promote and protect excellence and innovation in all aspects of faculty life at Oregon Tech.

About AAUP: The mission of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is to advance academic freedom and shared governance; to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education; to promote the economic security of faculty, academic professionals, graduate students, post‐doctoral fellows, and all those engaged in teaching and research in higher education; to help the higher education community organize to make our goals a reality; and to ensure higher education’s contribution to the common good. Founded in 1915, the AAUP has helped to shape American higher education by developing the standards and procedures that maintain quality in education and academic freedom in this country’s colleges and universities. https://www.aaup.org

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