Our hopes that last session’s signing of several Tentative Agreements (TA) would jump start our bargaining and get the momentum going seem to be in vain as we once again appear to be in a holding pattern gaining little ground in our two-day bargaining session at Eastern Oregon University.
The high point of the two days was a spirited rally sponsored by our EOU Local 081. With SEIU 503 Executive Director Heather Conroy in attendance, our members were joined by faculty, students, an Associate Dean, and even an EOU Board of Trustees member who turned out to show their support and affirm that WE ARE IN IT TOGETHER.
Southern has yet to join the other six campuses in negotiating one wage and benefits package for all seven universities. In addition, management has several other proposals that attempt to treat workers differently, essentially creating more division between our campuses. A couple of examples are:
1. If an employee transfers to a different university, the amount of their sick leave accruals that can be transferred will be determined by the new university’s policy. Currently, all accruals are transferred.
2. If an employee transfers to a different university, the amount of their vacation leave accruals that can be transferred will be determined by the new university’s policy. Currently, the employee may elect to retain and transfer up to 80 hours
What part of ONE CONTRACT don’t they understand? (Click here for a list of key outstanding issues.)
Additionally, management has returned to the “Big Bad Three” from our last contract campaign:
1. Attacking our layoff rights
2. Making it easier to contract out our jobs
3. Reducing overtime eligibility
We weren’t interested two years ago and we’re not interested now. What part of NO don’t they understand? (Click here for a list of key outstanding issues.)
Click here to send your Vice President, Finance and Administration a message that these divisive proposals have to go if they want to settle this contract. We won’t stand for separate treatment. We won’t stand for our rights being attacked and gutted.
Our next bargaining sessions:
June 8 and 9 at WOU
June 18 and 19 at PSU
July 9 and 10 at UO
July 20 and 21 at OSU
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