To: Oregon State University Community Members

From: Edward Feser, Provost and Executive Vice President
           and Michael J. Green, Vice President, Finance and Administration

September 28, 2019

Oregon State University community members,

We are pleased to inform you that an agreement has been reached on a two-year labor contract between Oregon’s seven public universities and SEIU, the union that represents classified employees. This agreement averts the possibility of a strike by classified workers that may have occurred early Monday morning.

Members of the bargaining teams representing the universities and SEIU reached the agreement early Saturday morning after bargaining throughout the day and night on Friday. SEIU members will vote to ratify the contract settlement in October, with implementation of the agreement’s terms in November. We thank all members of the bargaining teams for their exhaustive efforts since January.

We reiterate our respect for our classified colleagues and our appreciation of the many contributions they provide our students, the university and its mission.

The tentative agreement provides for:

  • A 3.0% cost of living adjustment (COLA) for all classified employees retroactive to July 1, 2019; and 2.10% COLA for all classified employees effective July 1, 2020.
  • Full step wage increases of 4.75% in each year of the new contract. This provision applies to more than 70 percent of classified employees who are not already at the top step of their classification.
  • A longevity premium of 2.5% given yearly to classified employees who have been at the university at least five years, and who have been at the top of their salary range for at least a year from their salary eligibility date.
  • A commitment to keep entry level classified employee wages at all universities above Portland metro area universities’ minimum wages.
  • Moving 15 job classifications to higher salary ranges.
  • Providing classified employees with 48 hours of paid time over the course of the agreement to be used in the event of campus closures and delayed openings due to inclement weather or hazardous conditions.
  • All other benefits, such as healthcare, retirement, holidays, vacations, sick leave, personal leave, bereavement and others to remain as they are within the current contract with classified employees.

We look forward to our continued collaboration with our classified colleagues, as well as with all university employees, students and stakeholders. It is this collaboration that makes Oregon State University the outstanding university that it is – and a very special place to learn, work, teach, conduct research, and engage in outreach to communities in Oregon and beyond.


Edward Feser
Provost and Executive Vice President 

Michael J. Green
Vice President, Finance and Administration