Faculty members rally at Portland State University – February 27, 2014
Portland, Or – Faculty members of the American Association of University Professionals at Portland State University have voted in favor of a strike, if union leaders are unable to reach a contract deal with school officials.
Voting began Tuesday morning and closed Wednesday evening, with 94% of those voting being in favor of authorizing a strike.
In a press release, union officials describe the vote as an “overwhelming vote to authorize the bargaining team to call for a strike if the Administration refuses to settle a contract that prioritizes faculty stability, educator led higher ed and student-centered budget priorities.”
According to state law, the union may may now call a strike anytime after April 3rd, as long as the Administration is given 10 days notice.
“With this vote the faculty and academic professionals of PSU-AAUP have shown we will not sit idly by while the Administration and President Wiewel take PSU in the wrong direction. We are willing to strike for stability, shared governance, and better working conditions. Educators must have a role in leading higher education, for us, this is about the future of PSU,” Mary King, President PSU-AAUP.