Yes, yes. The law requires that universities with a board of directors continue to collectively negotiate with national bargaining organizations that existed when the legislature passed Bill 270 of the Senate. SEIU Local 503 was the only national bargaining organization that existed at the time the legislature passed Senate Bill 270. Mediation is the second phase of the negotiation process outlined by the PECBA. As noted above, PECBA is Oregon`s status for public sector labour relations. If the parties have concluded at least 150 days of direct negotiations, each party may request that the Oregon Employment Relations Board appoint an independent mediator to help the parties find common ground and resolve outstanding issues. SEIU members in local government play an essential role in their municipalities. Our cities and counties employ psychiatric specialists, evaluators, highway officers, transition specialists, victims` lawyers, courthouse staff, public transportation and much more. SEIU 503 members make our local governments work.

The impasse is a phase of the negotiation process described in the PECBA. If the parties have concluded at least 150 days of direct negotiations and at least 15 days of negotiations, each party can declare the impasse. The Oregon Public Employees Collective Bargaining Act (PECBA) requires universities and the union to negotiate in good faith for at least 150 calendar days. If no agreement is reached after 150 days, each party can begin the mediation process by seeking the assistance of a mediator appointed by the Oregon Employment Relations Board. The parties must be in mediation for at least 15 calendar days from the date of the first mediation meeting. If no agreement is reached during mediation, the parties can continue mediation or any party can declare an impasse. If an impasse is declared, both parties will have to submit an offer and a summary of costs within 7 calendar days of the impasse being reached by the Ombudsman. These final offers and cost summaries are available to the public. Once filed, there is a 30-day “cooling-off period” to allow negotiations to continue in order to reach an agreement. If the parties are still unable to reach an agreement, the Union may, after properly communicating to the other party, strike and universities implement all or part of their final offer. As soon as SEIU files a legitimate strike notice, members of the SEIU bargaining unit, including the test service member, can participate in the strike.

These employees may also choose not to strike and to go to work. The university negotiating team developed frequently asked questions that typically appear during the negotiations and answered those questions below. Other questions and answers can be added to the rest of the negotiations, but if you have questions that do not receive an answer below, please email your questions to and we will respond as soon as possible. Please click on the marked words to move to the FAQs on the subject in question.