The admin's FAQ on the recent OA raises says:
- Q: Why aren’t you providing increases to faculty as well?
- A: Our faculty recently unionized. Most adjustments to faculty salaries will need to be negotiated with the union as part of our initial collectively bargained contract.
On the other hand UO has the money set aside - for TTF and NTTF - and it's hard to see how Kitzhaber can let the coaches get 21%+ and then say no to the professors. And the Johnson Hall dwellers are apparently not saying the problem is the money or the Gov - they're saying it's unionization.
Is there a legal prohibition against giving raises without a contract, now that we've gone union? No.
Labor law does say that, because of the union vote, faculty now have the right to ask the union to file a grievance against the administration for changes in the terms of employment - which would include a raise. I'm no psychology professor, but I don't think people file grievances about getting raises often enough to even get a note in the DSM.
If there was a pre-existing agreement to give raises, does UO have to follow through with it now that we've got a union? Maybe.
If UO had made a pre-existing commitment to raise faculty pay before the union vote, then not following through could trigger an ERB grievance. Was there a commitment? Well, for starters there's this email from Interim Provost Bean, sent out a few months after he'd tried to convince us all to take furloughs:
From: James Bean [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]Sent: Sunday, June 07, 2009 12:26 PM
To: Deans Working Group
Subject: Faculty Salaries
The Missouri article stating that UO has the lowest salaries in the AAU has caused quite a stir (we have since verified that they were correct). Low salaries were always thought of as just Oregonian. But 34 out of 34 is a whole other thing. We cannot have this. Richard’s reaction was “this is job #1.” Richard will likely have an announcement on how we are attacking this when politically feasible (after last gavel). Please communicate to your faculty that the Missouri article really got our attention. This may require disruptive solutions.The ERB is not going to take Bean's word any more seriously than we do, but there's more substantive evidence that faculty had reason to expect raises. I've got a public records request in for the spreadsheet showing what CAS had planned for rounds 2 and 3 of the Lariviere raises, for each TTF, by name. More than a month, and CAS Dean Scott Coltrane is still refusing to turn it over. If you've got a copy please send it along. Thanks!
James C. Bean
Senior Vice President and Provost
I'm also trying to get more information on who is advising Gottfredson on labor law - I hope he knows better than to rely on Randy by now. My guess is that it's Sharon Rudnick of Geller's favorite firm, Harrang, Long, Gary and Rudnick. I've made a public records request, but Dave Hubin's office wants to charge me $70 for the contracts - and it will be a lot more for the invoices and memos. You know where this is going - pony up, comrades.