PSU faculty holding strike vote

PORTLAND, Ore. – The first faculty strike at any of Oregon’s public universities could be authorized this week.

Professors at Portland State University are holding a strike vote Tuesday and Wednesday.

The union and administration have been negotiating terms of a new contract, but the two sides disagree on professor salaries, contract length and the faculty's role in university policy.

The American Association of University Professors and the PSU Administration submitted their final contract offers to the Oregon Employment Relations Board on March 3, triggering a 30-day “cooling off” period, according to the union. After 30 days, the administration can impose its contract or the professors can strike.

The union must give the administration ten-day notice before professors walk off the job.

School administrators said classes would continue in the event of a strike.