8/25/2011: From an email sent to SEIU local 503 members:
The central table agreement for 2011-2013 has been ratified by the DAS and OUS membership. With over 7300 ballots cast, 77% of voters approved the agreement. The elections committee, made up of volunteer retirees, conducted the ballot count. The election has been certified by our Statewide Secretary Treasurer Barbara Casey and Elections Committee Chair John Hawkins.
For OUS members, the central table agreement covers healthcare, PERS, and cost-of-living raises. Now that we have locked in these conditions, we have to keep up the pressure on OUS so we can build on this agreement . As listed in the previous update [link to latest update that has the full list of terms being fought over], OUS is still insisting on a contract that continues unshared sacrifice and fails to ensure equity on campuses and when compared to DAS workers.
Dennis Thompson SJ news story here. As explained earlier, the union has declared an impasse with OUS until OUS negotiator and Vice Chancellor Jay Kenton returns from his Hawaiian vacation. So a UO staff strike is still a possibility.