The strike is the union’s response to the WSU board of trustees implementation of its last, best offer of terms of employment for the union.
The terms include moving faculty union members into a “uniform” health care plan, maintaining current rules of retrenchment, including no pay raises and allowing faculty to be furloughed as part of “cost savings days.” The union has taken issue with the furlough policy, changes to health care, new provisions for promotions and tenure appointment, workload and a merit pay system.
The WSU board of trustees must vote on any agreement in order for it to be implemented. There are no board meetings currently scheduled to discuss collective bargaining.
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