Bargaining continues of course. While the DAS coalition moves forward with a tentative agreement, the rest of the bargaining units continue to fight hard battles.
The first update from the Union came out on August 4th:
Although we have reached a tentative agreement with DAS, our fellow SEIU state workers in the Oregon University System are still at the table and they are facing a long hard fight for fairness.
Not only do OUS negotiators still want up to 24 unpaid furlough days for classified employees, a level way above our settlement with DAS, but they also continue to insist on a contract modification that would allow management to impose UNLIMITED unpaid furloughs at will (in 15-day increments). In addition, and different from DAS, OUS appears not to be asking this sacrifice of all employees, and is in effect putting an unfair and disproportionate share of the burden of balancing the budget on classified workers' shoulders.
These proposals are outrageOUS and our brothers and sisters in OUS need our help. We must take a stand. Please make a call and/or send an email to the Chancellor.
The points are simple - you may use these in your email or phone messages, or create your own:
Be fair to classified workers: Withdraw the proposal in Article 51 that would allow you to impose unlimited unpaid days off at will on us, and settle this contract with fairness and equity. We deserve no less than what our fellow state workers in other state agencies have won. Don't try to balance the budget on the backs of classified workers. The sacrifices must be shared by all!
Send or call in these messages to: Oregon University System - Chancellor George Pernsteiner at George_Pernsteiner@ous.edu and/or (503) 725-5703.