Oregon universities disappointed in strike vote

(Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com)

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Leaders at Oregon’s public universities say they are optimistic an agreement can be reached with 4,500 staffers who work in maintenance, food preparation, financial aid assistance and other roles.

The workers’ union has said the employees at seven public universities have voted to authorize a strike of a deal isn’t reached during negotiations next week. In a statement, Oregon Public Universities said the schools were disappointed in the strike authorization vote despite a 13.5% wage increase offer for the next two-year contract.

The schools said the current offer is better than the 2017-2019 contract and represents a total wage increase of almost 25 percent over a four-year period.