The Chronicle of Higher Education
by Steven Johnson
August 27, 2019
Last week, after months of bargaining and two final opposing offers, staff-union leaders in Oregon said negotiations with the state’s public universities had stalled. And they said they’re ready to strike.
It would be the union’s first such strike in more than 20 years, meaning that as soon as September 23, thousands of nonacademic staff members, including groundskeepers, plumbers, and technicians, could disrupt operations at all seven of the state’s public universities.
If they do, they’d join a growing wave of strikes in higher education. Last year saw the most strikes at colleges since 2012, more than double the number in 2017, a new study found.
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