Nonunion workers are on their own. Union workers bargain collectively with their employers. In the Collective Bargaining section, we report on all aspects of that: negotiations, mediations, and arbitrations; impasses, lockouts, and strikes; and tentative agreements, votes, and ratification of new union contracts.
If approved, the new union contracts would cover about 20,000 workers in Oregon and Southwest Washington.
The agreement includes the largest cost-of-living raise that university support workers have received in more than a decade.
A tentative deal would raise wages and limit outsourcing.
The union will release further information about its plans on Sept. 22.
For some of the least-paid hospital workers, wages will rise 10 percent in two years.
30,000 workers will get $15 an hour under the new contract.
Over 6,000 workers will get $1,000 bonuses and raises totaling 9.5% in new three-year deal.
The strike would involve about 5,000 SEIU Local 503 members at seven public universities.
If it happens, it would be the biggest strike in the United States in 22 years.
Members of UFCW in Oregon, Washington, and California have voted overwhelmingly to authorize strikes if contract bargaining with big grocery chains fails to produce acceptable union contracts.