March 2015 Local Focus

Will We Be Bargaining Economics for All Seven Universities?

By Johnny Earl, Chief Bargaining Delegate

Over the last few weeks bargaining has become uncharacteristically interesting. USSE (University Shared Services Enterprise) proposed that we not bargain over the full contract this year. Instead, they proposed that we both leave our current non-economic contract language as it is presently written and only bargain over economic issues, such as wages, health insurance premiums, steps, and a cost of living increase (COLA). This came as a big surprise to me and the rest of our SEIU bargaining team. Yes, this is an unprecedented suggestion, which could move us to a faster contract settlement and ratification, but at what cost?

Management began negotiations by stating that they might give us more than one economic proposal – possibly even as many as seven different proposals with one for each university. Presently, the state law that allows universities to establish their own institutional boards requires them to bargain as one group with our union. It doesn’t require them to offer all of us the same economic arrangements, but our chances of ensuring that all university workers are treated the same are…Continued on Page 5 of the attached PDF.

What’s Inside…

  • Page 1 — 2015 OA Nomination Recommendation
  • Page 1 — Bargaining Economics for all Seven Universities?
  • Page 2 — Thank You and Farewell
  • Page 4 — Events Calendar
  • Page 5 — UO Presidential Search Update
  • Page 6 — UO Stewards
  • Page 6 — Bake Sale Update
  • Page 7 — Valentines Delivery to Interim UO President
  • Page 7 — Financial Education Available at NEDCO

Upcoming Events…

March 11th (Wednesday)
Local 085 Membership Meeting
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
@ EMU, Gumwood Room

March 12th (Thursday)
Executive Committee Meeting
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
@ EMU, Alsea River Room

March 18th (Wednesday)
Stewards Council Meeting
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
@ LISB, Room 217
Only Union Stewards may attend.

March 19th (Thursday)
Strike Hardship Funds Committee
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
@ LISB, Room 217

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