Update: Noah McGraw has more in the Emerald, here.
More on their bargaining situation is posted here. My understanding is that UO would be happy to make a deal, but the bargaining is done with all the state universities, and the others aren’t sitting on the excessive cash reserves that UO VPFA Jamie Moffitt has been accumulating.
[A commenter says I’ve got it wrong – actually UO is hoping to split its staff off from the university system-wide bargaining, and then crush them.]
From an email sent to UO’s SEIU staff union members:
WILL WE HAVE A SETTLEMENT OR PREPARE TO GO ON STRIKE?
Dear Sisters and Brothers, and Community Allies
Join SEIU 085 Classified Employees at the University of Oregon at our annual Solidarity BBQ and hear the bargaining update from Chief Bargaining Delegate Johnny Earl on THURSDAY AUGUST 13TH at 11:30 AM – 1 PM at the Millrace overlook lawn across Onyx northwest corner of Franklin.
Paycuts and Takeways. Even with 18% more money in the budget for UofO, Management’s proposal attacks overtime, increases our healthcare premium share from 5% to 10% and takes away the healthcare subsidy for those who can least afford it.
Theodora Ko Thompson, UO BA ’04, MS ’07 , President, Local 085 University of Oregon
SEIU Service Employees International Union