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Faculty Union Bargaining

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Oregon Tech is committed to a respectful, collegial collective bargaining process with our faculty that meets the needs of our university community.

Bargaining Team

Dr. Abdy Afjeh is the Associate Provost for Research located on the Portland-Metro campus. . He has been with Oregon Tech since August 2018.

Brian Caufield is the Director, Labor Relations Services for the University Shared Services Enterprise (USSE). Established through statute, USSE provides essential services to Oregon’s Public Universities (OPU), allowing each to focus on mission-critical, student-centered outcomes. Brian has been with the Oregon University System and USSE since 2012. He is a licensed attorney practicing labor relations since 2001.  

 Maureen De Armond

Maureen De Armond

Maureen De Armond is the Associate Vice President for Human Resources.  Her career with Oregon Tech began in November 2019. 

Dr. Thomas Keyser joined Oregon Tech as the Dean of the College of Engineering, Technology, and Management in August 2018.  His background in higher education includes a variety of roles with a focus on industrial engineering.

Brian Moravec is the Associate Dean for the College of Engineering, Technology and Management, and has taught in the Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering and Technology Department for over 30 years. 

Stephanie Pope is the Assistant Vice President for Fiscal Operations. She oversees the Budget & Planning Office (BPO) and the Business Affairs Office (BAO). She has been with Oregon Tech since June 2017.

Nellie Stewart is the Executive Assistant/Project Manager to the Vice President for Finance & Administration.  She has worked for Oregon Tech for 12 years in various roles on campus including the Registrar's Office, Student Affairs and Academic Excellence.

Ground Rules


Frequently Asked Questions

Oregon Tech’s Bargaining Team has come up with some frequently asked questions that you may have about negotiations and have answered those questions below.  Additional FAQs may be added as negotiations proceed, but if you have questions that are not answered below, please email those to brian.caufield@oregonstate.edu and we will respond as soon as possible. 

Exclusive Representation

What is AAUP?

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is a national union founded in 1915 that represents approximately 47,000 members on 500 campuses.  There is a local chapter of AAUP at Oregon Tech known as Oregon Tech-AAUP (OT-AAUP or the Association).

How did OT-AAUP become the exclusive representative of the faculty?

In June of 2018, OT-AAUP filed with the Oregon Employment Relations Board (“ERB”) a petition to certify the union (without having an election) as the exclusive representative of faculty members in a bargaining unit proposed by OT-AAUP.  The ERB determined that a majority of those faculty members in the proposed bargaining unit signed cards authorizing OT-AAUP to be their exclusive bargaining representative.  Based on those who signed, this certified OT-AAUP as the exclusive bargaining representative of faculty for the purposes of collectively bargaining their employment relations with Oregon Tech. 

What is the bargaining unit that the ERB certified?

The ERB certified OT-AAUP as the exclusive bargaining representative of all full time faculty, instructors, and librarians working at .50 FTE or above at Oregon Tech. 

What does it mean to be the exclusive bargaining representative?

It means that the exclusive representative, here OT-AAUP, has the right to be the collective bargaining agent of all employees in the certified bargaining unit. 


Collective Bargaining Negotiations

What are collective bargaining negotiations?

Collective bargaining is the performance of a mutual obligation between Oregon Tech and OT-AAUP to meet at reasonable times and confer in good faith with respect to employment relations, and to execute written contracts incorporating agreements that have been reached between the two parties during the negotiations.

The obligation to meet and confer in good faith does not compel either party to agree to a proposal or require the making of a concession.

What are considered employment relations?

Employment relations are matters concerning direct or indirect monetary benefits, hours, vacations, sick leave, grievance procedures and other conditions of employment.

Would a Dean, Chair or other Oregon Tech administrator be able to directly adjust employment relations that affect me if I were to ask them?

No.  OT-AAUP is the exclusive bargaining representative of those in the bargaining unit and that means Oregon Tech must first meet with OT-AAUP to obtain their agreement on the changes in employment relations that affect bargaining unit employees.

Is the bargaining process regulated by Oregon law? What does that process look like?

Yes.  The Oregon Public Employees Collective Bargaining Act (“PECBA”) provides that Oregon Tech and OT-AAUP must engage in good faith bargaining for at least 150 calendar days. Here, however, the parties agreed to extend this timeline to 300 calendar days from December 5, 2019. 

If no agreement is reached by the end of the timeline, either party may initiate the mediation process by requesting the assistance of a mediator who is appointed by the ERB. Once mediation is initiated, the parties are required to be in the mediation process for at least 15 calendar days. If no agreement is reached during mediation, the parties may continue mediation or either can declare an impasse. If an impasse is declared, both parties must send the mediator a Final Offer and summary of the cost of their proposals within 7 calendar days of declaring impasse. Those Final Offers and cost summaries are then made public. Once made public, there is a 30 day “cooling off” period to allow for more negotiations in an attempt to reach agreement. If the parties still are unable to reach agreement, upon proper notice to the other party, OT-AAUP can strike and Oregon Tech can implement all or part of their Final Offer.

For more information on negotiation under PECBA, please visit the ERB’s website at: http://www.oregon.gov/ERB/Pages/PECBAOverview.aspx

How would OT-AAUP’s positions at the bargaining table be determined?

Those positions are up to OT-AAUP.  It will determine its agenda for the bargaining table through whatever process it already has or develops specific to the representation.

Would faculty retain all of the benefits they currently enjoy if there is a new collective bargaining agreement?

The terms and conditions of faculty’s employment would be subject to the bargaining process and the positions taken by Oregon Tech and OT-AAUP at the bargaining table. It is important to understand that while some terms and conditions may continue unaffected, some of the benefits currently in place may change or be discontinued as the requirements of the new collective bargaining agreement are implemented.

Will the establishment of a collective bargaining agreement necessarily result in improved terms and conditions of employment?

Not necessarily. The terms of a new collective bargaining agreement would be determined only through negotiations. There is no way to predict, or promise, what aspects of employment would be improved by that process. While Oregon Tech and OT-AAUP may agree on some issues, there may be disagreement on others. During negotiations, Oregon Tech would advocate for the best utilization of its resources and would not be required to agree to anything in particular. Therefore, what terms bargaining would produce is known at this point.

If there is a collective bargaining agreement covering faculty, what would happen to Oregon Tech’s Faculty Senate and its grievance resolution process?

Again, that is not known at this time. Oregon Tech’s Faculty Senate is designed around a model of shared governance that often touches on terms and conditions of employment. The establishment of a collective bargaining agreement that also weighs in on the same issues may reduce Faculty Senate’s role and impact its effectiveness. Similarly, should a new collective bargaining agreement include a process for settling grievances stemming from the language of the collective bargaining agreement, Faculty Senate’s role in resolving those issues may be changed or completely discontinued.

Could OT-AAUP call a strike if an agreement is not reached on a contract?

Yes. If the parties have declared impasse, as noted above, OT-AAUP can call for a strike vote after the required 30-day cooling-off period. Oregon law requires a 10-day notice of intent to strike, but based on the outcome of the membership strike vote, OT-AAUP may ultimately call a strike or work stoppage.

Would faculty continue to receive their salary if they participate in a strike?

When employees are on strike, they are not working and therefore are not entitled to receive the compensation or benefits traditionally provided by the employer in return for the work they perform.

What are Ground Rules?

Ground Rules are the guidelines that the University and Association jointly agree to follow during negotiations. The Ground Rules were agreed to on November 19, 2019.

When did negotiations begin?

While the parties met several times to discuss and agree to Ground Rules, the collective bargaining negotiations officially begin on December 5, 2019 when Oregon Tech and OT-AAUP plan to exchange an initial proposal regarding language for a collective bargaining agreement. 

When will negotiations occur next?

The dates, times, and locations of negotiations are discussed and agreed to by Oregon Tech and OPT-AAUP either at the end of a negotiation session or shortly thereafter.  Those dates, times, and locations of negotiations will be posted on the main webpage.

Where are negotiations held?

Most negotiations will be held on the Klamath Falls campus, but the parties did agree to hold some sessions at the Portland-Metro campus in Wilsonville.  Regardless of the designated location, the parties agreed that members of their respective bargaining teams can participate in either location through the use of Skype technology. 

Who is on the University’s Bargaining Team?

The University’s Bargaining Team includes Dr. Abdy Afjeh, Vice Provost for Research and Academic Affairs; Dr. Tom Keyser, Dean of the College of Engineering, Technology & Management; Dr. Brian Moravec, Professor and Associate Dean of ETM College; Maureen DeArmond, Associate Vice President for Human Resources; Stephanie Pope, Assistant Vice President for Budget and Resource Planning; Nellie Stewart, Executive Assistant & Project Manager as the University’s note-taker; and Brian Caufield, Director of Labor Relations Services with the University Shared Services Enterprise as the University’s Chief Negotiator.

Why do I have to wait until after a negotiation session to get a summary of the University’s proposals?

OT-AAUP is the exclusive bargaining representative of the faculty and the law requires that Oregon Tech must first present proposals to OT-AAUP’s bargaining team before it can communicate with the faculty about those proposals. Thus, after the proposals are presented to OT-AAUP, Oregon Tech can provide summaries or copies of those proposals. We intend to do that for most of the more significant proposals under the Information about Negotiations section of the webpage.


Contact

Brian Caufield
Director for Labor Relations Services for USSE

Phone: (541) 737-9203



Spring Term Sessions

April 6, 2020
8:30 am - 11:00 am
Klamath Falls Campus: College Union, Sunset
Portland-Metro Campus: Wilsonville Room 402
Host Site: Klamath Falls Campus

April 13, 2020
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Klamath Falls Campus: College Union, Sunset
Portland-Metro Campus: Wilsonville Room 402
Host Site: Klamath Falls Campus

April 20, 2020
8:30 am - 11:00 am
Klamath Falls Campus: College Union, Sunset
Portland-Metro Campus: Wilsonville Room 402
Host Site: Portland-Metro Campus

April 27, 2020
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Klamath Falls Campus: College Union, Sunset
Portland-Metro Campus: Wilsonville Room 402
Host Site: Klamath Falls Campus


Winter Term Sessions

January 16, 2020
8:30 am - 11:00 am
Klamath Falls Campus: College Union, Sunset
Portland-Metro Campus: Wilsonville Room 402
Host Site: Portland-Metro Campus

January 17, 2020
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Klamath Falls Campus: College Union, Mt. McLaughlin
Portland-Metro Campus: Wilsonville Room 225
Host Site: Portland-Metro Campus

January 30, 2020
8:30 am - 11:00 am
Klamath Falls Campus: College Union, Sunset
Portland-Metro Campus: Wilsonville Room 225
Host Site: Klamath Falls Campus

January 31, 2020
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Klamath Falls Campus: College Union, Mt. McLaughlin
Portland-Metro Campus: Wilsonville Room 225
Host Site: Klamath Falls Campus

February 27, 2020
8:30 am - 11:00 am
Klamath Falls Campus: College Union, Sunset
Portland-Metro Campus: Wilsonville Room 225
Host Site: Klamath Falls Campus

February 28, 2020
2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Klamath Falls Campus: College Union, Sunset
Portland-Metro Campus: Wilsonville Room 225
Host Site: Klamath Falls Campus

March 12, 2020
8:30 am - 11:00 am
Klamath Falls Campus: College Union, Sunset
Portland-Metro Campus: Wilsonville Room 402
Host Site: Portland-Metro Campus

March 13, 2020
8:30 am - 11:00 am
Klamath Falls Campus: College Union, Sunset
Portland-Metro Campus: Wilsonville Room 402
Host Site: Portland-Metro Campus


Fall Term Sessions

October 17, 2019
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Klamath Falls Campus: College Union, Sunset
Portland-Metro Campus: Wilsonville Room 402
Host Site: Klamath Falls Campus

October 31, 2019
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Klamath Falls Campus: College Union, Sunset
Portland-Metro Campus: Wilsonville Room 402
Host Site: Klamath Falls Campus

November 1, 2019
8:00 am - 10:30 am
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Klamath Falls Campus: College Union, Sunset
Portland-Metro Campus: Wilsonville Room 402
Host Site: Klamath Falls Campus

November 14, 2019
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Klamath Falls Campus: College Union, Sunset
Portland-Metro Campus: Wilsonville Room 402
Host Site: Klamath Falls Campus

November 15, 2019
8:00 am - 10:30 am
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Klamath Falls Campus: College Union, Sunset
Portland-Metro Campus: Wilsonville Room 402
Host Site: Klamath Falls Campus

December 5, 2019
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Klamath Falls Campus: College Union, Sunset
Portland-Metro Campus: Wilsonville Room 402
Host Site: Klamath Falls Campus

December 6, 2019
8:00 am - 10:30 am
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Klamath Falls Campus: College Union, Sunset
Portland-Metro Campus: Wilsonville Room 402
Host Site: Klamath Falls Campus

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