September 6, 2001

Contact: Bob Bruce, 541-346-5958
Source: Cynthia Beckwith, 541-346-5779

Hotline Established for OUS Classified Bargaining

EUGENE - The Oregon University System has established a telephone hotline to provide updated information about the on-going collective bargaining talks with its classified employees. The talks have been in mediation since August 6 when the union representing the 3,700 workers declared impasse.

The new OUS hotline is 541-346-6117. It will be updated regularly and will be accessible to callers 24 hours per day, seven days a week.

A 30-day cooling-off period between OUS and the union is scheduled to expire on Sept. 13. Union leaders have threatened to strike if a settlement is not reached by the start of Fall Term classes later this month. A strike could affect all seven Oregon public university campuses.

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