Bargaining News

Session 19: We Propose a Step System for APs

November 18, 2015

We continued our discussions about academic professional issues. We mostly focused on promotion and pay structures. AAUP proposed that we create a step system that provides incremental pay increases based upon years of experience, specific areas of expertise (bilingual, advanced degrees, certifications) and enhanced job duties (such as supervisory or training duties). read more >

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Portland State University may launch initiative petition for regional payroll tax

October 26, 2015

Portland State University might make a bid for regional tax money with an initiative petition drive for the November 2016 election, President Wim Wiewel revealed this week to the Portland Tribune. The idea, Wiewel says, comes after years of not getting enough out of Salem. “I would much rather have a statewide solution, but I have been fighting for seven years now,” he says, acknowledging that the state boosted funding to Oregon's seven public universities by $30 million this biennium, but it was $55 million short of what they asked for. “It’s still not anywhere near enough for what we need.” read more >


Oregon cuts spending on higher education deeper than every state but one

November 16, 2015

Oregon slashed per-student spending on higher education more than all but one other state between 2000 and 2014, according to a new national study. read more >


How One College Became Ground Zero for Grad-Student Unionization

November 24, 2015

The sociology Ph.D. student at the New School teaches two undergraduate courses, holds office hours, answers students’ emails, and performs research unrelated to her dissertation for professors. "When I had an issue with my pay stub," Ms. Aparicio says, "I was referred to human resources and payroll. I wasn’t referred to my adviser or my dean, because I’m an employee, and those are my wages." read more >