by AAUP Oregon
April 28, 2021
For immediate release: A firm hired by Oregon Tech broke Oregon law when they employed instructors to replace striking faculty, allegedly for COVID-19 related reasons.
Oregon Tech’s senior administration hired a private firm called Focus EduVation to replace striking faculty, but that company did not immediately inform those substitutes that they were strikebreakers. Under Oregon law (ORS 662.215), replacements must be informed they are being hired to take the place of workers who are on strike or locked out. The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) has requested information via Oregon Public Records Request laws (ORS 192) on how public funds were used by Oregon Tech for this purpose.