To: OSU Faculty

From: Edward Feser, Provost and Executive Vice President

June 7, 2018

Oregon State colleagues,

I am writing regarding Tuesday’s filing of a petition for certification of a collective bargaining unit representing all teaching and research faculty at Oregon State University.

Faculty affiliated with the organizing group of United Academics of Oregon State University filed the petition with the state Employment Relations Board (ERB).

The university and its administration respect our faculty’s right to form a collective bargaining group. In response to the filing, university administrative leaders will study the petition and discuss any questions with faculty representatives of the union. Administrative leaders will also consult with faculty and campus stakeholders more broadly as it considers any potential responses to the filing.

As you may know, should the ERB certify a union as the exclusive representative of OSU faculty, the ensuing contract negotiation process will take time to complete since this is the first bargaining unit serving Oregon State faculty.

We will continue to provide updates as more information is available. Meanwhile, the university will keep up-to-date a web page with responses to questions submitted by university employees regarding the unionization process.

As always, the university remains committed to collaborate with its faculty – and all employees, students and stakeholders.

As we work together to complete Strategic Plan 4.0, I remain confident that through our university’s legacy of collaboration, we will excel and advance as a Land Grant research university in service to others. In doing so, we remain committed to support of our employees as professionals in their respective fields of teaching, research, outreach and other endeavors at the university.


Edward Feser
Provost and Executive Vice President