Make Our Voices Heard

Hello All,

We’ve been in negotiations since February and there are lots of important issues still to be resolved, but so far OUS management has shown little willingness to deal with nearly all of them. So let’s make our voices heard on Thursday, June 6 and tell OUS it needs to make us a fair contract offer.

We’ll meet on the lawn outside the OUS offices at 1600 Millrace Drive – off Agate Street north of Franklin Boulevard. Activities begin at 11:45 am with the main rally from 12:15 – 12:45 pm. Lunch will be provided. Purple is the color of the day!

What exactly would a fair contract offer look like? Something like this:

Health Insurance: PEBB will not be raising its premiums next year, so there is no reason we should be paying more of the premium cost.

Wages: Oregon has begun to come out of the recession and the state’s recent revenue forecast is even more positive than expected. We need to stop losing ground to inflation. We need our regular step increases. We need to improve the standard of living of the nearly 1,500 classified employees who earn under $30,000 a year. And we should be able to do this without having to take furlough days.

Working Conditions: We’ve proposed contract changes that would require universities to invest in classified positions, rather than more administrators. This would both help students get more education services for their tuition dollars and reduce our workloads. We need stronger contract language to deal with bully bosses. We want to see greater flexibility in our work arrangements where this makes sense, such as access to telecommuting and employee-directed flexibility in work hours. We want more emphasis placed on promoting from within and fairer treatment of current employees when new employees are hired above the entry salary level. And we think an early retirement program that helps those who choose it maintain their health insurance would benefit both OUS and the employees involved.

Management Takeaways: OUS needs to drop its attempts to eliminate bumping during layoffs, remove our contracting our protections, get rid of daily overtime for all employees, and make IT workers and other FLSA-exempt employees perform standby, on-call, and overtime duty without additional compensation.

Come out on Thursday and help our bargaining team convince OUS to actually make a fair contract offer. Invest an hour of your time; it will make a difference.


Kurt Willcox

SEIU Local 085