Bargaining Update: July 23
Our team and the University Administration team met to bargain today (July 23) from 9 am to 3 pm. We talked about Tenure Promotion and Review and the economic articles.
Our conversation on Tenure Promotion and Review was a good one. We are very close to striking a deal that would enshrine most of the tenure process that faculty will be very familiar with, while making some needed improvements (including greater transparency of guidelines, more clarity in what is expected for service, notification before required meetings, and standardizing post-tenure reviews, among other things).
Our conversation on the economic articles did not go as smoothly. We did see some progress on a couple issues. Most prominently, we secured a second tuition discount for faculty with two dependents concurrently attending UO. The University Administration’s salary proposal did not, however, increase the amount of money to faculty raises from what they had offered last time. They did move some money from across-the-board raises to address internal compression and equity problems, but only for tenure-track faculty and not until 2015. By our calculations, the University Administration’s proposal would give the average faculty member a 10.5% raise (some of it retroactive) over three years.
It was a tough day. The University Administration’s position on the money issue is that they have put all the dollars on the table that they are going to put on the table. Our efforts to suggest ways they could redistribute money from other parts of the University budget have been unsuccessful. Our efforts to explore where money could be reprioritized have been rebuffed. They say that our ideas, suggestions, frustrations, complaints, and needs are heard, but that there is little or nothing more they can do.
We feel strongly that we need to address the historical neglect of all faculty salaries sooner, rather than later. We have tried subsisting on promises for years, but promises cannot satisfy any longer. The University budget is healthy, we expect additional tuition revenue, PERS costs are lower, and the University holds financial reserves even larger than the state allows. We are proposing relatively modest across-the-board raises. We are proposing money to address both external equity and internal equity – an attempt to take seriously the administration promises to the University Senate in 2000 – for all faculty. We have proposed setting salary floors for NTTF. And we have proposed a robust merit raise package. We think that this is what we faculty need to put us in a position to recruit and retain the best colleagues we can. We think that the University Administration proposal falls short of meeting this important goal.
We have pledged to keep working with the administration on the wage issue. Both sides recognize that our disagreements need solutions. We will work to keep you informed about our progress and how you can help the administration understand how important this issue is to you and your colleagues.
Our next session is tomorrow (July 24) from 1 pm to 4 pm in Library 122. We do not have an agenda for that meeting as of yet, but, as always, we welcome you to stop by and we appreciate your support.
Next week we have scheduled four consecutive days of contract negotiations: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 9am-4pm, and Wednesday 9am-2pm, in 122 Knight Library.
On Tuesday (July 30), United Academics is hosting a PICNIC in the Quad in front of the Library from 11:30am – 1:30pm. Members of our negotiating team will be on hand to answer questions, receive feedback, and discuss next steps in our contract campaign. Please be sure to stop by, grab a bite with your colleagues, and learn more about winning a strong first contract.
You can also click her to download our Picnic Flyer with additional information.