Howard Bunsis presentation:
“The financial situation of Portland State University: Do they have money? Are they spending it the right way?”
January 21, 2016
Pack the Faculty Senate
November 30, 2015
With big issues remaining unresolved, including compensation, researcher job security and career paths for APs, we turned out in numbers to pack the faculty senate meeting and show our resolve for negotiating a balanced and fair contract.
IMAGINE Summer Socials
This summer, we hosted 3 socials: “Imagine a Cold, Cold Ice Cream,” “Imagine a Smokey BBQ” and “Imagine a Cold Beer.” Each event gave members an opportunity to meet other faculty members and APs from across the University. At each event, members heard an update on the latest bargaining news from a member of our bargaining team.
A big thank to Bob Schroeder, Evguenia Davidova, Courtney Bailey, Karen Kennedy and Rosalyn Taylor for planning these events.
IMAGINE Bargaining Kick-Off Rally
May 6th, 2015
At PSU, two faculty unions have teamed up to imagine higher education that’s student-centered, educator-led and debt-free. Both the AAUP chapter of full-time faculty and the AFT chapter of part-time faculty begin bargaining this spring. We held our first-ever joint action on May 6, celebrating the start of contract negotiations for over 2,000 academic workers.
Our rally featured party hats; cupcakes marking AAUP national’s 100th birthday; and speeches from our allies at SEIU and the PSU student union. We linked issues such as job security and fair compensation to our broader vision for this university. The crowd then marched to President Wim Wiewel’s office and packed the lobby. Professor José Padín presented Wiewel with a cupcake and a sign asking him to imagine higher education that’s student-centered, educator-led and debt-free. We made clear that during negotiations, Wiewel has the opportunity to take concrete steps toward our positive vision.
WE ARE PSU Campaign 2013-14
In 2013-2014, PSU-AAUP members bargained, campaigned and won a strong contract including the following gains:
- 2.5% salary increases to keep up with inflation (COLA) for each of the two years covered by the contract
- 1.5% salary increases for faculty, to keep up with comparator institutions
- 2-4% compression adjustments for Academic Professionals based upon years of experience
- 8% salary increases upon promotion
- 4% salary increases tied to post-tenure review
- $40,000 annual salary minimums
- Multi-year contracts for more non-tenure track faculty (based on seniority)
- Increased travel and professional development funding
- Protection against verbal harassment
- Preservation of important contract language on tenure and past practice
The members of AAUP see this contract as the first step towards changing PSU’s direction.
We succeeded in bargaining because we organized. We rallied, posted flyers and talked to each other about our shared interests. We picketed in the rain along side hundreds of students who organized a walk out in solidarity with us. We crafted an alternative budget to highlight steps that the administration could take towards a student-centered university. We voted to authorize a strike at a rate of 97%.
In the end, we did not have to strike. Our campaign created such significant pressure that finally the administration responded to the collective voice of faculty and academic professionals.
“This contract is a great first step. We’ve started to change direction, but we have a lot work ahead to get PSU to where our students need it to be. We will continue our organizing efforts to reprioritize students and academics,” said Jose Padin, Professor of Sociology. “High quality affordable public education is a real possibility in Oregon and we will work to make it happen at PSU.”