Update: This looks like a big win for the PSU faculty. They got nearly 2x the money the administration had offered, and seem to have beat back the effort to gut shared governance:
Organization & Strike Threat Get Unprecedented Gains!
– Keep Contract Protections for P & T Guidelines, Past Practices
– Big Shift in Number, Certainty & Length of Fixed Term Contracts
– Advancement Path for APs – Raises Tied to Seniority
– Retain Contract Protection for AP “Positions”
– Meaningful Planning for Academic Quality
– Cost of Living Increases 2.5% and 2.5%, Mid-Year as for Others
– 1.5% Across the Board Faculty Comparator Adjustment
– 8% Promotion Increases
– Travel Fund Doubled, Faculty Enhancement Fund up 30%
– Post Tenure Review Will NOT result in Changed Job Description
– No Retaliation Against AAUP Members for Union Activity
The administration had claimed that the they had no money left. Sound familiar? Maybe their tornado reserves were larger than they’d let on. UAUO will need to increase union membership to be able to credibly make similar threats and get gains in the contract bargaining that will begin in December that will bring our salaries up from the AAU basement. More on PSU here.
According to a faculty union account, the administration agreed to give cost-of-living raises of 2.5 percent this year and next, increase the share of non-tenure-track faculty who get long-term contracts and preserve contract language giving the union say over certain university practices.
Speaking of shared governance, the UO Senate will start developing a response to Gottfredson and Geller’s attempted spring break coup this Wednesday.
PSU dept heads say it’s hard to find PhD scabs: The Oregonian has the story:
Calling administrators’ bluff that serious plans are being crafted to keep classes running in the event of a strike, the heads of every department in Portland State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences issued a signed statement spelling out why that isn’t feasible.
“We feel we are pretty much stating the obvious: The university cannot keep rolling as if nothing has changed,” said Michele Gamburd, head of the anthropology department. “It would be incredibly difficult to find qualified people even in the best of circumstances, let alone trying to hire them as scabs.
You can sign a petition in support of the PSU faculty here.