Portland State University’s full-time faculty has voted overwhelming to approve a strike. Over two days of voting, 94 percent of the union members voted to support a strike. But the union legally has to give ten days notice, and cannot strike until the negotiation’s cooling off period ends in early April.
The contract negotiations have been going on for months. Professors argue that their salaries should be more competitive, that more multi-year contracts should be available, and that the union should have more power to affect policy. The administration contends that pension costs and declining state support makes those demands difficult to address. The part-time faculty, which is part of a separate union, settled their contract negotiations in the fall.