by Sydney Dauphinais
March 30, 2021
Faculty and administration at the Oregon Institute of Technology have been butting heads for over a year on a new labor contract. Early this month, the administration submitted what they called their best, last, and final offer in the arduous negotiation process.
Now, teaching staff is voting on whether to authorize what would be the first-ever faculty strike at an Oregon public university.
The OIT faculty union is demanding better pay, more affordable health insurance, and changes in faculty workload. After 15 months of ongoing back-and-forth, university administration submitted their “last, best, and final” offer.
Franny Howes, a faculty union board member, says she was disappointed.