Oregon University System

OUS members in SEIU t-shirts behind a large banner that says 'No Contract? No Peace!'

Oregon University System members work as classified employees at seven campuses in Oregon: Eastern Oregon University, Portland State University, Oregon Institute of Technology, Oregon State University, Southern Oregon University, University of Oregon, and Western Oregon University.

OUS Classified Workers Win Timely Step Increases through Union Power!

You will recall that last September, after a strong contract campaign that came within days of a system-wide strike, OUS agreed to many of our bargaining team’s economic demands, including COLAs increases, status quo on healthcare premiums, and full steps …

OUS 2013-15 Contract

Please note:  This CBA is the new 2013-2015 OUS Collective Bargaining Agreement, except for some appendices and a subject index which are still being prepared.  We wanted to make the main body of the new Agreement available online as soon …

We did it! OUS Contract Ratified!

We did it! After months of members standing up for a fair contract and a better OUS, we have ratified our 2013-2015 contract! We believe this is the best agreement that we could reach given financial realities of some OUS …

OUS Ratification

Win It Together: OUS workers reach tentative agreement!

After a long and often contentious bargaining period with OUS management, our SEIU 503 bargaining team reached a tentative agreement at 2:30 a.m. on Sept. 26.  Details of the agreement will be released in the next several days; some key …

September 19 OUS bargaining update

With a strike deadline of Monday September 30, negotiations with OUS have stalled. The OUS management team continues to refuse to meet our proposals for returning members to economic security and improving services to students.  And we should be clear: …

September 15 OUS Bargaining Update

After two long days of bargaining, we’re disappointed to report that management has not moved away from their proposal to cut steps in half and made no other improvements to their proposals. Our bargaining team decided yesterday to delay the …

OUS Strike Captain Training

OUS members: join us for a strike captain training on your campus! This list will be updated as training sessions are added. Portland State University Wed., 9/18, 12:00-1:00 Smith Memorial Student Union Room #1 (basement) Eastern Oregon University Thurs., 9/19, …

OUS workers file strike notice

This week, classified student services workers throughout the Oregon University System voted overwhelmingly to give their bargaining team the authority to call a strike. Citing an inadequate economic offer and lack of funding for student services, their bargaining team has …

More progress, but not enough: management proposal would damage step system, leave key problems unaddressed

In last week’s bargaining session at OIT, our bargaining team made it clear that we expect a contract that matches or exceeds what state workers have received (click here for a comparison chart). After telling us that separating from state …

3 quick ways to a fairer contract

Seen OUS’s recent contract proposal? Management’s proposals will continue economic hardship for classified workers after years of sacrifices, and fail to address key issues like administrative bloat and student services. Ready to take action?  Here are three ways you can make …

OUS: Member Actions Yield Results

Management proposals to take away long-held rights of classified employees were finally resolved this week, and workers’ rights were protected!  The many member calls, the demonstrations, email messages, purple ups and delegations to management had an effect:  We held the …

OUS Strike Resources

University Worker Strike Resources

If We Decide to Strike: Q&A for University Members

University Worker Strike Resources

OUS Bargaining update 8/2/13

Thanks to the hundreds of members around the state who are taking a stand for a fair contract, there were a few steps forward at the most recent bargaining sessions: Management proposed to back off two of their three attacks against …

OUS Bargaining Update: Will you stand for a fair contract?

Another round of bargaining—now in mediation—and management has made very little movement. Management is still not budging on what our bargaining team has started referring to as “the big three” takeaways: dismantling seniority rights during layoff, ending overtime after eight …

Management Proposals Still Bad News! Members “Stand Up – Fight Back”!

Humming “which side are you on” quietly, or just standing silently, our bargaining team accompanied by about 200 OSU classified employees and supporters took part in a powerful protest against management’s positions in bargaining last week. The group gathered outside the OSU …

OUS Video Update 7/12/13

The university system is continuing to drag its feet at the bargaining table.  Please watch this very important update from your union bargaining team: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CumykGWrcWY&feature=youtu.be The team is negotiating at OSU this week, so watch for the next email bargaining …

OUS bargaining update: Management Holds onto Take-Back Proposals

In bargaining with OUS last week at the SOU Campus, with two days to go before the expiration of our current contract, Management agreed to a contract extension for a month (until July 31st).  There was still no significant discussion …

OUS bargaining update 6/10/2013

Discussions Beginning Over Wages/Benefits; Continuing Over Rights, Job Security In talks last Thursday and Friday, our union bargaining team told management that their economic proposals to date “are completely inadequate” and, “fall way, way short of what classified employees deserve.” …