Contract Action Team Meeting: Dec. 17
We have much work to do in the next 6 months, including:
- Securing Classified step increases through Legislative funding
- Preventing anti-union and anti-labor ballot measures from passing
- Bargaining season has proven that we're Stronger Together!
Please help keep us strong by participating in the critical work upcoming.
Some Facts About Step Increases in 2013–2015
- We have won two full step increases in our new SEIU-OUS 2013-2015 tentative agreement.
- Everyone who is eligible for step increases will see their wage rate climb by two full steps during the term of the new contract.
- When we receive these steps depends on whether we secure $1.15 million for the four regional universities from the Oregon Legislature during its February 2014 session.
1) IF THE LEGISLATURE APPROVES OUR $1.15 MILLION
- If your next Salary Eligibility Date (SED) occurs after the February legislative session, you will get your step increase on your SED both years of the contract.
- If your next Salary Eligibility Date (SED) occurs between November and the end of the February legislative session, you will be paid retroactively beginning in March or April for the months you should have received your step increase. Going forward, the step increase will be added to your pay and you will receive your second step on time on your SED.
- If your Salary Eligibility Date (SED) occurred between July and October and you received your step increase, you will keep the money you have already been paid. However, the step increase will be removed from your pay beginning in November through the end of the February legislative session. Beginning in March or April, you will be paid your step retroactively through November. Going forward, the step increase will be added back to your pay and you will receive your second step on time on your SED.
2) IF THE LEGISLATURE DOES NOT APPROVE OUR $1.15 MILLION
- If your next Salary Eligibility Date (SED) occurs between November 2013 and June 2014, you will get your step increases on June 30, 2014 and June 30, 2015.
- If your Salary Eligibility Date (SED) occurred between July and October and you received your step increase, you will keep the money you have already been paid. However, the step increase will be removed from your pay beginning in November. You will also not have your step reinstated on June 30, 2014. It will be delayed by the number of months you received it between July and October. You will receive your second step increase on June 30,2015.
3) IF THE LEGISLATURE APPROVES SOME OF OUR $1.15 MILLION
- You will receive your step increase as described in #1 above, but it won’t occur on or be retroactive to your SED. It will be delayed based on how much less than the full funding is approved by the Legislature.
Call for input on budget planning
President Wim Wiewel has challenged the University community to identify ways to increase revenues and cut costs to balance a $15 million projected shortfall in Portland State's 2014-15 budget. A letter outlining the process was posted on the PSU website Nov. 6. "No decisions have been made, and the review process will take several months," Wiewel wrote. Part of the process includes a budget feedback link. Let President Wiewel know that cuts need to come from bloated administrative salaries, NOT faculty and staff! See below for some talking points, then head over to leave feedback: http://www.pdx.edu/news/president-wiewel-calls-input-budget-planning
Executive Payroll Soars at PSU Despite Ongoing Budget Cuts
Dramatic differences in the growth of salaries over the past decade, between the 51-person PSU executive admin team and faculty groups, is clear in publicly available data analyzed by Florida International University (FIU)’s Center for Labor Research and Studies.
The study, commissioned by the PSU-AAUP, investigates PSU’s spending priorities from 2002 to 2012, by analyzing the salary data reported for the campus by PSU’s Human Resources Dept.
After adjusting for inflation
* the Provost’s salary shot up by 46%
* Vice Provosts' average salaries lept by 43%.
* Vice Presidents' average salaries rose by 29%
* Associate Vice Presidents' average salaries grew by 19%, and
* Assistant Vice Presidents’ average salaries increase by 23%.
Meanwhile the number of Executive Administrators at the level of Asst. Dean and above grew by 65% over the past decade, from 31 to 51.
Over the same period, the already high student/full-time faculty ratio worsened and faculty salaries barely kept up with inflation, despite badly lagging comparators, as reported in the most recent OUS Factbook.
Both the Executive Summary and the full study is available at the PSU-AAUP’s webpage: http://www.psuaaup.net/blog/entry/executive-payroll-soars-at-psu-despite-ongoing-budget-cuts
Keep Oregon Working
Billionaires and big corporate interests are pushing Bill Sizemore's ideas to the 2014 ballot to further threaten working people and middle-class families. Visit http://www.keeporegonworking.org/ to learn more about how you can help push back! Also like the Keep Oregon Working Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/keeporegonworking.
"Reflections of a first-time bargaining delegate"
Please take a moment to read Rob Fullmer's "Reflections of a first-time bargaining delegate." Rob thoughtfully explains his take on the bargaining process, how we won what we did, and why we didn't win everything. Take a look!
2013 Meetings and Events
- Union 101, Saturday, Dec. 7, 9:00am-4:30pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
- Contract Action Team Planning Meeting, Tuesday December 17, 2013, SMSU 1