Bargaining teams at Oregon’s seven public universities have reached an agreement on a five-year employment contract with classified union workers, making it the longest ever between them.
There are approximately 4,600 classified staff who are covered by the new collective agreement (CBA). Classified staff members are employees of public universities who hold a variety of positions, including academic and administrative positions, and are part of the Service Employees International Union 503 (SEIU).
SEIU members will vote on the proposed deal this month. If approved by both voters and university presidents in Oregon, the contract will go into effect on January 22, 2021.
The presidents have already collectively written a letter of support.
“We are very pleased to have a tentative agreement with the classified employees represented by SEIU who make a significant contribution to the education of nearly 97,000 students at Oregon public universities,” the statement read.
Classified staff receive a variety of benefits with the new contract including, but not limited to, a bonus of up to $ 1,500 for eligible employees, a cost of living adjustment of 3.1 % and 48 hours paid leave in case of unexpected closings or delays.
The contract also officially recognizes Juneteenth as a public holiday, a move that comes after it became a federal holiday on June 17, 2021.
Classified staff members will receive a phone call to join the Higher Ed Tele-Town Hall at 5:30 p.m. on December 13. The meeting will cover the details of the contract and provide information on how to vote.
For more information, the full ABC can be viewed here.
By Momoko Baker