Press Release: Oregon Tech Faculty Make Win-Win Offer

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Klamath Falls, Oregon – After bargaining until early Saturday morning, Oregon Tech – American Association of University Professors (OT-AAUP) has made a win-win offer in their ongoing negotiation of a historic first contract. Negotiations will continue until an agreement is reached, including throughout the duration of the strike set to begin Monday, April 26th at 6am.

OT-AAUP’s most recent offer includes a path to adjust salaries for equity, and, if inequities have been addressed, puts the remaining allocated funds into a merit pool. “This is a true win-win package,” said Terri Torres, Professor of Mathematics and Statistics. “Let’s keep our faculty in the classroom and labs and truly serve our students.”

“Our package not only satisfies the concerns of Oregon Tech, it aligns with values and pillars set forth in the President’s Strategic Plan with a commitment to the community and institutional excellence that will ultimately lead to student success,” said Andria Fultz, member of the OT-AAUP Executive Committee and associate professor in the Communication Department.

OT-AAUP’s package uses senior administration’s proposed 45 workload hour model, but with clear definitions for non-instructional workload. Furthermore, benefits would be served by PEBB at the 95/5 employer/employee contribution levels and could only be changed if all employees at the university also do so.

After 555 days of negotiations, OT-AAUP hopes to hear a positive response from the senior administration’s bargaining team soon. If not, bargaining will continue.

If no agreement is reached by Monday, April 26th at 6am, then the strike will officially begin.

OT-AAUP will fight tirelessly for a 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.

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.



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