Union members give Ore.’s universities one last offer, prepare to possibly strike

August 22, 2019 | Willamette Week

Members of the union that represents classified workers from Oregon’s seven public universities are at a stalemate with the state’s bargaining team and are preparing for a possible strike, according to a Tuesday statement from the union.
The bargaining teams from Service Employees International Union, Local 503—which numbers about 72,000 members in Oregon—and the universities could not reach an agreement following a two-day session of mediated contract negotiations on Aug. 15 and 16 at Western Oregon University. Now, each will put in their final offers, after which the union may strike in protest.

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