August 2015 Local Focus

Pay Cut? No Way!
By Johnny Earl, Chief Bargaining Delegate

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

We had a very positive legislative session and recently learned that the University of Oregon received an increase of 18 percent funding from the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC). This increase was obtained by our membership’s efforts to elect legislators who were friendly to our labor cause. Although our economy may be looking rosier, the amount of funding for Higher Education in this state is still below 2007 levels.

The news from the bargaining table is that management has started to move away from some of the bad proposals and talk about numbers that are still below what we consider to be a fair contract proposal. Management’s current COLA proposal is 1% for each year of the contract (a slight improvement from their original proposal of 0.5% starting in December and every 6 months afterwards). Management also moved away from its one-year step freeze proposal. This is some progress, although not enough to keep up with the cost of living as prices go up daily.

As we move one step forward, we take another step backwards….Continued on Page 6 in the attached PDF.

What’s Inside…

  • Page 1 — Pay Cut? No Way!
  • Page 2 — Why Be a CAT?
  • Page 3 — August 13th Rally: In It Together
  • Page 4 — Events Calendar
  • Page 5 — FLYER: Local 085 Annual Solidarity BBQ
  • Page 7 — Strike! Now?
  • Page 8 — Strike Hardship Committee: Fundraiser Report
  • Page 8 — July 9th Rally Photos
  • Page 9 — Bargaining Proposals: Quick Comparison
  • Page 10 — Call for Stewards
  • Page 10 — UO Stewards
  • Page 11 — Strike Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Upcoming Events…

August 13th (Thursday)
Annual Local 085 BBQ Rally
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
@ Franklin Ave & Onyx St

August 19th (Wednesday)
Stewards Council Meeting
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
@ LISB, Room 217
Only Union Stewards may attend.

August 20th (Thursday)
Strike Hardship Funds Committee
Noon – 1:00 pm
@ LISB, Room 217

August 26th (Wednesday)
Executive Committee Meeting
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
@ LISB, Room 217

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