Update for 11/18/19 Bargaining
Our UAOSU bargaining team and the administration team met 9 am to 1 pm on Monday, November 18 in the LaSells Stewart Center. Twenty faculty members observed the session.
After 100 hours of negotiations, one of the last pro-forma sections of our agreement was tentatively agreed upon: the Preamble.
The teams continued to wrestle with key provisions of employment at OSU, discussing UAOSU’s proposals for:
- Health and Safety, Facilities, and Workspaces: where we’re fighting for access to adequate space and equipment to carry out work duties, protections against arbitrary reassignment to a different campus, and the clear right to refuse imminently hazardous work.
- Academic Classification and Ranks: where we’re fighting for promotion pathways for PAC Instructors and Research Associates, protections for all OSU employees performing bargaining unit work, and access to permanent positions for long term Research Associates (PostDoc).
- Professional Development: where we’re fighting for faculty-led professional development policies, protections against sweeping of funds accrued in indexes or personal accounts, and equitable access to professional development funds.
We are heartened by an engaged conversation that allowed both teams to articulate goals and concerns about the proposals.
We expect to receive a response to our proposed solution for raises for this fiscal year within the week.
Our next bargaining session is 2pm–5pm on Tuesday, November 26 in the LaSells Stewart Center Agricultural Sciences Room. We plan to present articles on Parking and Transportation and more. Even if you can only drop by for half an hour, your attendance matters: show the administration that faculty are watching this process.
Join with us and sign our petition for A Fair Contract for a Better OSU.
We appreciate your support. You can find a full calendar of Fall Term bargaining sessions and a table with links to all the articles we’ve exchanged on our website.
Member Organizing Institute
The Member Organizing Institue (MOI) is a 10-11 week intensive paid training program that teaches organizing skills through real-world experience in concert with staff and local leaders. The goal of the institute is to train union members to build power, grow our membership, engage current members in our union, and ensure the long-term sustainability of our local by having members trained to continue their organizing work and help develop other members after participating in the institute. The application deadline is November 27, 2019.