Oregon universities http://kplu.org en Oregon universities avert SEIU strike http://kplu.org/post/oregon-universities-avert-seiu-strike <p>SALEM, Ore. &ndash; Negotiators have averted a potential strike at Oregon&#39;s seven public universities, at least for now. The Oregon University System and the union representing nearly 4,000 front-line employees agreed on a tentative two-year settlement early Thursday morning.</p><p>As the clock ticked past midnight, SEIU lead negotiator Marc Nisenfeld says it was clear the momentum was there for an agreement. So the bargaining team did everything they could to stay awake.</p> Thu, 15 Sep 2011 20:24:04 +0000 Chris Lehman 2636 at http://kplu.org Strike vote nears at Oregon universities http://kplu.org/post/strike-vote-nears-oregon-universities <p>SALEM, Ore. - Workers at Oregon&rsquo;s seven state universities are nearing a possible strike authorization vote on Thursday. The union representing nearly four thousand higher ed workers issued a report Monday blasting the state&#39;s university system.</p><p>The SEIU accuses the Oregon University System of being top-heavy with administrators. The union also says the schools have gone on a building spree that means money that could fund services is now going to pay off construction debt.</p> Mon, 12 Sep 2011 23:57:07 +0000 Chris Lehman 2607 at http://kplu.org