Session 30: Conceptual Agreement reached on AP Workload and Terms of Employment

February 23, 2016 / Phil Lesch

In our Friday, February 19th bargaining session, we reached a tentative agreement on AP Workload and Terms of Employment issues. Those of you who have been closely following this negotiation know that we’ve spent hours going back and forth with the administrative team about what full-time employment means for academic professionals. read more >


Can I Mentor African-American Faculty?

February 17, 2016 / Phil Lesch

You don’t need to be a person of color to mentor a colleague of color, writes Kerry Ann Rockquemore, but you do need to rethink what it means to be a mentor. read more >


Session 29: Finding the balance on AP Issues

February 16, 2016 / Phil Lesch

Balance. It’s a delicate, yet crucial part of bargaining. In a bargaining unit like ours that is made-up of diverse constituencies, we strive to find balance in the gains we make for each group. read more >


Scalia and Higher Ed

February 15, 2016 / Phil Lesch

Justice's death may not change outcome on affirmative action, which he opposed. His record includes key votes and dissents on issues of black colleges, hate speech, single-sex public higher education and church-state line. read more >


The Improvisational President

February 08, 2016 / Phil Lesch

"We were able to predict college success by watching a video just as well as we did with transcripts and test scores." read more >


Session 28: Ironing Out AP Issues

February 05, 2016 / Phil Lesch

We had a number of outstanding AP issues (workload, scheduling, weather closures and terms of employment) left to discuss, but we had already generated possible solutions to many of these issues in previous sessions. We started the day off by looking at the options that were currently on the table. After we went over these options, we went into a caucus to consider them. read more >


Why Where We Put Schools Matters

February 04, 2016 / Phil Lesch

The physical location of colleges has largely been ignored in the accessibility debate, but new findings suggest it is critical. read more >


Introducing the Portland State University Graduate Employees Union!

February 02, 2016 / Phil Lesch

On Monday, February 1st, members delivered a letter to PSU President Wim Wiewel introducing themselves and asking him to pledge to not interfere in any way in the formation of their union. They've already spoken to hundreds of grad employees on campus, and it’s clear that organizing a union is the right way forward. read more >

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