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Western Oregon University and Western Oregon University Federation of Teachers Complete Contract Negotiations - 06/15/17

MONMOUTH, Ore. -- Western Oregon University and the Western Oregon University Federation of Teachers are pleased to announce that a three-year agreement has been reached. WOUFT members ratified the agreement June 9, 2017.

The provisions include:
* Two percent salary increase for next year (with economic re-openers in the subsequent two years)
* Creation of a labor/management committee to discuss contract issues and to help identify topics for subsequent bargaining sessions
* Improved job security for long-term non-tenure-track faculty members
* Automatic extension of the probationary period or "tenure clock" for tenure-track faculty members who become parents through birth or adoption during the probationary period
* Improved processes to handle overload and ensure faculty teaching loads are congruent with the contract.

"WOUFT is pleased to conclude bargaining a new contract," said Mark Perlman, president of WOUFT. "We appreciate very much all of the members of our bargaining team who spent so much time and effort to get us a fair contract. We look forward to starting the new academic year with a new-and-improved contract and focusing our efforts on providing quality education for our students."

The contract addresses many of the university's most pressing needs. "I am pleased that we have reached an agreement through the bargaining process in advance of the end of the current contract," said WOU President Rex Fuller. "The contract will establish a means for improved communications during the contract to resolve issues and identify strategies that will inform future bargaining."

Western is dedicated to engaging faculty, staff, students and the community in implementing its comprehensive strategic plan, which focuses on meeting the state's higher education needs.

About Western Oregon University
Western Oregon University, founded in 1856 and located in Monmouth, is the state's oldest public university. With approximately 5,500 undergraduate and graduate students, WOU is a mid-sized, NCAA Division II institution with nearly 80 percent of the student population being from Oregon. A substantial portion of attendees are members of under-represented groups, veterans or non-traditional students. The university is known as Oregon's campus of choice for those seeking a transformative education in a personal, supportive, student-centered learning community where every class is taught by faculty members. Together we succeed.
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Media alert: Western Oregon University recognizes academic excellence across campus (Photo) - 05/31/17

Who: Western Oregon University

What: The annual Academic Excellence Showcase where more than 400 undergraduate and graduate students all over campus give presentations, demonstrate their research, perform, and more.

Where: Western Oregon University, 345 Monmouth Ave. N., Monmouth 97361

When: 8 a.m. to ~8 p.m. on Thursday, June 1

Photo opps:
1) A special plenary session about this summer's Eclipse (4-6 p.m. in the Werner University Center Columbia Room).

2) Recipient of the Maurice Challenge prize named. This is a competition that runs the full academic year where students create projects to tackle problems of importance to them and this year's projects tackled issues of infrastructure in Nepal, support for DACA students and more. The winner receives a $5,000 cash prize. All students who entered will discuss their projects at this event. (3 p.m. in the Werner University Center Santiam Room)

3) Dance performances. One is a multimedia dance production that addresses inequality between the sexes and the second is about Druid culture (9:45-10:15 in Maple Hall).

More information: wou.edu/aes (full schedule)

Campus map: wou.edu/resources/campus-map/

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