Update on Faculty Union Activity, 2/13/19 (Union President Mark Clark)

Sent via email to all OIT faculty on February 13, 2019:

Dear Faculty Colleagues;

I want to take this opportunity to update you on the activities of your faculty union, Oregon Tech AAUP.  Following the approval of our bylaws and the election of officers at the end of the Fall term, your Executive Committee has been working to establish our union’s structure and to prepare for negotiating our first contract.

The members of your Executive Committee are:

                President: Mark Clark, HSS

                Vice-President: Yasha Rohwer, HSS

                Secretary: Mathew Frye, COM

                Treasurer: Kevin Pintong, CSET

                At Large, Klamath Falls Campus: Kyle Chapman, HSS

                At Large, Other Campuses: Andria (Andie) Fultz, COM

In addition to the Executive Committee, we have established three standing committees: Membership, Communications, and Elections. If you are interested in serving on one of these committees, please let me know.

I am happy to report that Cristina Negoita from our Mathematics department has agreed to serve as our head of the contract negotiating team. She will be joined on the team by Chelsea Gustafson from Natural Sciences, Phil Howard from Computer Systems Engineering Technology, Kari Lundgren from Communication, and Steve Schultz from Medical Imaging Technology. The team is currently undergoing training, and we plan to initiate contract negotiations in the near future.

As part of our preparations for negotiations, we circulated a faculty survey on issues related to bargaining. I would like to thank all of the faculty members who participated. I would also like to let you know that you will have the opportunity to participate in an open forum on issues related to our contract. This meeting is scheduled for 2-3:00 PM, Tuesday, February 26, 2019 in CU Bailey/Thielsen. An announcement for this meeting that includes a Skype link will be sent to you via separate email.

For faculty at our Portland Metro Campus, I will be holding an open forum in Wilsonville room 124 from 5-6:00 PM on Monday, March 18, 2019. I will be there in person, and look forward to seeing you there if you are able to attend.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns related to union activities. You can contact me at my Oregon Tech email address, or if you prefer, you can reach me at my private email, klamathheritage@gmail.com, or call or text me at (541)591-9762.

All my best to you, and I look forward to serving you as your union President.

Dr. Mark Clark
President, Oregon Tech AAUP

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