Portland, Or. – Higher education workers at Oregon’s seven public universities have voted to authorize a strike. The yes vote was 95%. They are represented by SEIU, which claims “management has shown they value donors and athletics over student services.” SEIU 503 Executive Director Melissa Unger goes on to say “university employees are taking action because the work they do deserves respect. We will not suffer as a result of management’s misplaced priorities any longer.”
The union says the cost of living allowances offered by management don’t keep up with the actual cost of living. The two sides will return to the bargaining table next Monday. If they can’t reach an acceptable agreement, the workers will strike on Monday, September 30th.
Workers involved in the contract dispute work in food preparation, tech support, financial aid assistance, grounds and building maintenance, custodial services and student registration.