Bargaining Update 8/23: Management’s “best and final” offer is in. Also: Strike prep!

With a bargaining impasse declared, management of Oregon’s seven public universities submitted their “best and final” offer on Friday, August 23.

“Today’s final offer by university management was the culmination of a disrespectful, insulting bargaining process,” said SEIU Executive Director Melissa Unger. “The universities continue to have the wrong priorities, they are raising tuition and refusing their lowest-paid workers a fair contract, while not addressing administrative bloat and administrative salaries. Their proposal does not reflect the value of these workers and we won’t settle for anything less than we deserve.”

August 23 marks the beginning of a 30-day cooling-off period before the universities may implement their final offer and workers may vote to go out on strike. SEIU’s bargaining team and management’s representatives will continue to negotiate through the cooling-off period and a potential strike until an agreement is reached.

Sign the Strike Pledge today!

(Note: This pledge is not a formal strike vote; it is a petition that announces your willingness to go on strike if management does not improve their proposals.)

If you don’t work in Higher Ed, please sign the community support petition

Current Economic Proposals

Union’s Proposal

  • 3.75% COLA July 1, 2019
  • 3.5% COLA July 1, 2020
  • Regular step increases each year of the contract
  • Add a step at the top and eliminate lowest step the first year of the contract

Management’s Proposal

  • 0% (Not a typo) COLA in 2019
  • 1% COLA March 1, 2020
  • 0.75% COLA November 1, 2020
  • 0.75% COLA March 1, 2021
  • Year 1 – Regular full steps
  • Year 2 – Delayed step increases for 6 months after salary eligibility date
  • No new steps for workers who have topped out


SEIU 503 Board has approved Higher Ed Strike Hardship Fund to Support Members

In preparation for the strike vote, SEIU’s board has approved a $500,000 hardship fund to support union members who are going on strike. The Board has also made strike benefit funds available.


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