Faculty at the Oregon Institute of Technology (OT-AAUP) are striking for fair wages, secure benefits, and reasonable and clearly defined workload. Our members have joined them on the picket lines and below is a letter from David Roco, president of SEIU 503 Sublocal 84 which represents about 200 classified staff at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. Solidarity forever.
Dear OT-AAUP Siblings,
My name is David Raco. I am the president of SEIU 503 Sublocal 84 which represents about 200 classified staff at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. I am writing you to express my sympathies and my support for your strike. Be strong and stay safe!
We came very close to striking during our last two bargaining cycles, so I have had a taste of what it is like to gear up to go out. I know how stressful it can be—and here you are actually doing it! Your members seem to be fired up, though, so I have confidence that you can pull this off. You deserve a good first contract. Stand firm and win it!
I am going to keep our members at SOU apprised of your progress. If there is anything you need from our sublocal in terms of support, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. After things settle down, I would love to meet with you remotely to discuss your strike and what you learned from the experience.
Know that you have our full support.
SEIU 503 Sublocal 84 President