Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Past Tense Oregon: Century-old Shattuck Hall on PSU campus a link to Portland's school past

May 27th, 2015

The next time you are at Portland State University, take a moment to walk to the south end of the campus, a couple blocks short of Interstate 405.
On the east side of the Park Blocks, next to the tennis courts, stands a significant piece of Portland history: Shattuck Hall.
These days, the three-story brick building is home to PSU's architecture school, as well as its Public Safety Office.
If you walk into the building, you'll find a structure that was renovated in 2010 and is LEED certified.  The renovation produced a fascinating blend of early 20th Century charm and early 21st Century efficiency.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Member Message May 21st, 2015

Here we are in week 8 of spring term! This is such a busy time of year. We have a bargaining update and some other news below.

For all bargaining updates, please visit our bargaining blog.

Labor/Management Committee Update
In our departmental listening sessions, faculty across campus relayed horror stories about being assigned classroom that were too small, unable to accommodate group work or active learning, had no outlets or had tables set-up in areas where students could not see the board. We brought these issues up in our quarterly labor/management meetings. On May 12th, we met with a representative from facilities. While the Facilities Dept. does not assign classroom space, we did learn that they have a small, annual budget for classroom enhancements or innovations. They would like to hear more from faculty about rooms that need improvements. Please contact Leanne ( or if you know of a classroom in dire need of repair!  We will be meeting later this term with classroom schedulers. We like to create a way for pedagogical needs to be taken into account when classrooms are allocated.

Implementation Advisory Committee
In December, the Board of Trustees voted to have our campus public safety officers carry guns. The Implementation Advisory Committee has completed a draft report that is open to public comment. The final report will be reviewed by the Board on June 11. PSU-AAUP thanks Lisa Hawash for representing PSU-AAUP on this committee.

Summer Institute for Union Women
And last but not least, a Summer Institute for Union Women will be held by  LERC (Labor Education and Research Center) from the University of Oregon at Reed College from June 23-27. For more information or to register, click here.

Good luck with all your work and activities as we get closer to the end of the academic year.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

AAUP kicks off bargaining with “Imagine”

PSU Vanguard
May 19th, 2015

Portland State’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors kicked off bargaining with a rally on May 6.
The rally was a joint action with the PSU Faculty Association, the union for part-time faculty and staff. The theme of the event was “Imagine”: “Imagine higher education: Student-centered. Educator-led. Debt-free.”
Jose Padín, AAUP’s Vice President of Grievances and Academic Freedom and a sociology professor, emceed the event. Members of AAUP, SEIU, PSUFA and students gathered on the Park Blocks.
People held signs that read, “Our working conditions [are] student learning conditions” and “Job security for educators.” There were also signs with the “Imagine” slogan. Participants then marched to the Market Center Building and delivered a cupcake to President Wim Wiewel.

Portland State University–AAUP

AAUP National
May 19th, 2015

The AAUP chapter at Portland State University, first chartered as a faculty bargaining unit in 1978, operates as both a professional association and a collective bargaining agent. PSU-AAUP represents more than 1,200 faculty members and academic professionals employed by Portland State at 0.5 FTE and above.
In spring 2014, PSU-AAUP reached a contract settlement after voting overwhelmingly to authorize a strike. As the strike approached, the bargaining teams entered into a twenty-four-hour marathon session of mediation that ended with an agreement. Thanks to the chapter’s university-wide activism, faculty members were able to win major contract advances after years of cutbacks and concessions.
Academe recently caught up with Pam Miller, the chapter’s president, and Phil Lesch, executive director of PSU-AAUP, to discuss the contract negotiations and the chapter’s continuous work to engage its faculty.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

IBB Training and Ground Rules

Bargaining has officially begun!  Thanks to all of you who came out for our joint bargaining kick-off action with PSUFA, the union that represents our part-time colleagues. Together, our voices filled the Park Blocks and echoed through the Market Center Building. President Wiewel heard our message, and your energy, strength and commitment to excellence, accessibility and affordability in higher education will help carry us through this round of contract negotiations. Click here for more information on our contact campaign.
The day after the rally, both teams began our two-day Interest–Based Bargaining Training.  It was conducted by Janet Gillman, the state conciliator who also served as our mediator when we settled our contract last year. On Thursday, we were joined by Eric Noll and Rayleen McMillan (student representatives from ASPSU) and Provost Sona Andrews.  Friday’s attendance was limited to members of the two bargaining teams.
The Interest-Based Bargaining process consists of seven steps:
1. Framing the Problem: The party that identified an issue will frame it as an open-ended problem and share stories or data.
2. Exchanging Data: If more data is needed to understand the problem or determine solutions, both teams will collect the information they need and bring it to the next session.
3. Identifying Interests: The two teams state their underlying interests, describing why the issue is important to their constituencies and outlining what needs to be addressed in the solutions generated.
4. Inventing Options: The parties brainstorm options to address the problem, then evaluate options based on the parties' interests.
5. Evaluating Options: The two teams (hopefully) come to consensus on the best option.
6. Selecting a Solution: We work together to develop a mutually beneficial solution.
7. Closure

Traditional bargaining includes many of these same steps, but they tend to happen away from the table. In IBB, the two parties work through the process together.
The Interest-Based Bargaining process is long and laborious, but it can be a useful method for addressing some of the deep-rooted issues at PSU if both teams come to the table with a willingness to be transparent; have the authority and ability to share information; and are committed and open to new ideas. During the training, both teams expressed a desire to come to an agreement before our contract expires.
The two teams began practicing IBB last Friday to create ground rules for this round of negotiations. When we meet again tomorrow (May 15), we hope to finish establishing ground rules; hear the administration's issues for this round of negotiations; and set a schedule for summer bargaining. We will share what we learn and accomplish with you.

Monday, May 4, 2015

2015-17 Collective Bargaining Issues

Bargaining is about to begin! 
During the past few months, the Collective Bargaining team went out to more than 30 departments and units across campus and conducted listening sessions to find out what you wanted to see in our next contract.  We also gathered input at our Winter and Spring caucus meetings.
Based upon what we heard from you, we developed a list of issues that we plan to address in this round of negotiations.  In interest-based bargaining, we present the administration with issues or problems rather than a specific list of demands.  Through the bargaining process, we will develop mutually acceptable solutions to these problems.
Click here to view the PSU-AAUP 2015-17 Collective Bargaining Issues
Thanks to all of the unit reps and organizers who helped schedule listening sessions.  Unfortunately, we were not able to get out to every department, but we still want to hear from you.  You can:
  •     Contact the team (email Leanne at or to set-up a listening session.
  •     Share your story.  Tell us how these issues affect your day-to-day work-life at PSU.  Email your story to Leanne ( or  We’ll have an opportunity to share members’ stories at the bargaining table.  We’ll keep your story anonymous, unless you give us permission to share your name.
These issues play out differently across campus.  The better informed we are about how these issues affect your unit, the better able we will be to craft solutions that work for everyone.
Finally, bargaining doesn’t just happen at the table.  As we learned last year, we can only make progress on our issues if we are organized, unified and active.  While we’re hopeful that this round of negotiations will be less contentious than the last, our team can’t do this alone.
To have strength at the table, we need your support!  Join us next week for a:
Bargaining Kick-Off Rally from 12-1 PM on Wednesday, May 6th
In the Park Blocks near Smith Center

The theme of this rally is “Imagine…a different PSU.”  Come and share your vision of what PSU could be.
This is a joint action organized with PSUFA, the adjunct faculty union, which also begins bargaining this May.  Our classified colleagues from SEIU and student allies are also co-sponsoring this event. We’ll also be celebrating national AAUP’s 100th birthday.  Wear red, hold a sign and celebrate AAUP with a birthday cupcake!