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First public university strike in Oregon's history set for Monday after negotiations fail

On Saturday, Oregon Tech faculty, that are from the Wilsonville and Klamath Falls campuses, announced that they will be striking on Monday, April 26. According to faculty, the the strike comes after negotiations failed with the management and administration of OIT back in March.

Posted: Apr 24, 2021 2:34 PM
Updated: Apr 24, 2021 10:43 PM

UPDATE:  According to the Oregon Institute of Technology, after bargaining until early Saturday morning, Oregon Tech - American Association of University Professors (OT-AAUP) say they have made a win-win offer in their ongoing negotiations.

The university says that negotiations will continue until an agreement is reached, even during the duration of the strike which is set to begin Monday, April 26th.

OT-AAUP states that in its most recent offer, they will make adjustments to salary equity along with putting any remaining allocated funds into a merit pool if inequities are addressed.

“This is a true win-win package,” said Terri Torres, Professor of Mathematics and Statistics. “Let's keep our faculty in the classroom and labs and truly serve our students.”

“Our package not only satisfies the concerns of Oregon Tech, it aligns with values and pillars set forth in the President's Strategic Plan with a commitment to the community and institutional excellence that will ultimately lead to student success,” said Andria Fultz, member of the OT-AAUP Executive Committee and associate professor in the Communication Department.

According to OIT, the package will use the senior administration's proposed 45 workload hour model, but says there will be clear definitions for non-industrial workloads.

In addition, OIT states that benefits will be served by PEBB at a 95/5 employer/employee contribution level and can only be changed if all employees at the university also do the same.

According the Marcus Popiolek, Executive Director of Marketing, Communications and Public Affairs at OIT, the statement made by faculty that OIT President Dr. Nagi Naganathan has doubled his pay in the last four years at OIT is untrue.

Popiolek states that Dr. Nagi even took a $30,000 pay reduction last year.

Popiolek also states that the faculty average of pay and benefits is $135,000, which is split to $70,000 per year in pay and $65,000 in benefits. 

OT-AAUP says that it hopes to hear a positive response from the senior bargaining team soon, but if no deal is met, the strike will begin this coming Monday.

Updated: 8:10 4/24/2021


KLAMATH FALLS, Ore-- On Saturday, Oregon Tech faculty, that are from the Wilsonville and Klamath Falls campuses, announced that they will be striking on Monday, April 26. According to faculty, the the strike comes after negotiations failed with the management and administration of OIT back in March.

According to the union, the two sides have been bargaining for 16 months, with mediation ongoing for almost six months — but agreements on salary, benefits, and working conditions are still far from settled.

Faculty members say that an overwhelming 92% of faculty voted a no confidence vote for president Dr. Nagi Naganathan after they claim that Naganathan says that a lack of finances is the reason for the faculty's salaries.

But in the last four years faculty members says that Dr. Naganathan has managed to double his own salary and raise administrative salaries by nearly 20% while Oregon Tech faculty have been earning an average rate of 70,000 dollars per year.

With the strike set in motion, this will be the first time that public university faculty have gone on strike in Oregon's history.

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