Negotiations for two unions at Oregon State University are underway, but for both the United Academics of Oregon State University and the Coalition of Graduate Employees, it’s been a frustrating process so far, to say the least. That’s where we come in: As Oregon’s Labor Movement, we are calling on working people across Oregon to stand with the faculty and graduate employees of OSU to join the fight for fair contracts for both unions!
The faculty and graduate employee working conditions are student learning conditions. Here’s what the United Academics has to say about the state of negotiations at OSU:
United Academics, OSU’s faculty union, has been bargaining for a fair contract since November of 2018. We formed a union in order to find solutions to the challenges we face as teachers and researchers, as well as those of the students and communities we serve. Unfortunately, OSU admin has not agreed to our requests, and our most pressing needs remain unresolved.
The Coalition of Graduate Employees dispatched a similar update on their bargaining blog last week, mentioning Oregon AFL-CIO President Graham Trainor’s assistance in calling on the University to do right by the Graduate Employees:
OSU wants to maintain the status quo despite compelling testimony from members, and they still refuse to engage with CGE’s proposal language. CGE members continue to show up en masse, and this week we were joined by Corvallis community activists and the president of AFL-CIO Oregon, too!
Here’s what you can do to help, right now: