For historical reasons our staff bargain with OUS, which will dissolve on July 1, not UO. The website for SEIU local 503 is here, with a bargaining update:
- Fair Pay: Cost of Living Adjustments Better Than Inflation (CPI & 2%). The Union proposal is “Effective July 1, 2015, salary rates shall be increased by a percentage equal to the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) for the Portland, OR metropolitan area from 2013 to 2014 plus two percentage points (CPI + 2%).” And, effective July 1, 2016, a similar calculation for that year’s COLA.
- Catch Up: Keep Steps in Place plus Add a Step at the Top. Our Union Bargaining Team is proposing that, effective July 1, 2015, one step will be added to the top of each salary range in the Compensation Plan. The economy is continuing to improve, and it is important that income growth be experienced as much or more at the working families’ level as well as at the highest levels of business.
- Living Wages for All: $15/Hour for direct employees and contractor employees. This proposal would set a $15/hour wage floor in Oregon’s universities, for classified employees, and also for employees of university contractors. The “Fight for 15” is being recognized around the country as a call to action to put a stop to the problem of employers paying some of their workers so little they could qualify for public assistance, in effect relying on public subsidies for their employees to be able to make ends barely meet. Around 2,700 university employees around the State now earn below the income level for a family of four to qualify for food stamps.
- Fair Benefits: Same Full Health Coverage for Part-Time Classified as for Part-Time Unclassified Workers. Part-time unclassified employees in Oregon’s universities currently qualify for full-time health care coverage. Our proposal is for part-time classified employees to have the same benefit.
- University Affordability: Keep Tuition at a Level Oregon’s Students Can Afford, Restrain Administrative Bloat….
UO student reporter Anna Lieberman has more in the Emerald, here. The UO staff have been getting the shaft from JH, just like the faculty and OA’s. But the Johnson Hall ATM seems to have no withdrawal limit for UO’s bloated and increasingly overpaid Senior Administrators. Gosh, it’s almost like they set each others’ raises: