11/30/2012: I was at this bargaining meeting. Bean was not. At the insistence of the union, the bargaining meetings will be open and live-blogging will be allowed. In the spirit of cooperation and professional collaboration, that’s all I have to say just now. The comments are open, of course.
Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost
Message for November 30, 2012
The University of Oregon’s labor contract bargaining team met on Nov. 20 with the bargaining team of the new faculty union, United Academics, to establish ground rules for negotiating a first contract. The parties agreed on several procedural issues and outlined a possible schedule and locations for future bargaining sessions.
The next bargaining session is likely to be in mid-December. The University is represented by Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Doug Blandy; School of Journalism and Communication Dean Tim Gleason, and chief negotiator Sharon Rudnick of the Eugene law firm Harrang Long Gary Rudnick PC.
The University has several fundamental goals for the negotiations. Underlying all of them is a commitment to maintaining academic excellence and shaping a contract based on what is best for all UO stakeholders. These are important negotiations and I believe we have begun with a spirit of cooperation and professional collaboration.
Through my office and other means, we will regularly update everyone on important developments in the negotiations.