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Rally to Support SEIU Workers

August 15, 2019 / Heather Nahmias

Rally to Support SEIU Workers

We at PSU AAUP are in solidarity with our sister unions, including SEIU (Service Employees International Union, which represents over 5,000 service workers across Oregon's universities) in support of 5 principles:

  • High Quality, Affordable Education
  • Working Conditions = Learning Conditions
  • Budgets Prioritizing Learning
  • Democratic Shared Governance
  • Academic Freedom

 SEIU Local 503 Chapter 89 at PSU, alongside the other SEIU chapters across Oregon, is currently bargaining for their new contract. They are fighting to win a cost of living increase that keeps up with inflation and regular step increases in each year of their contract. With record high state funding for Oregon’s seven `public universities, SEIU is demanding that these institutions provide affordable education for our students and good living wage jobs in our communities.

SEIU has shared that as a result to the hostile, anti-union behavior and language they have been experiencing at the bargaining table, they have been seriously preparing for a statewide strike.

They are planning a solidarity action on September 17 at the Urban Plaza from 12-1 PM and will be presenting a statement to management. 


PSU AAUP can express their support for SEIU by signing the petition at https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/i-support-oregon-university-employees, which asks Oregon's Universities settle a fair contract with their classified staff, including adequate pay raises, benefit protections, and conditions to address the workplace issues they have raised.

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