The union workers of Western Oregon University from both Western Oregon University Federation of Teachers local 2278 and SEIU local 503 gathered together to host a unity event as they continue their contract negotiations with the university June 9.
Approximately 60 union workers and their supporters gathered to have lunch, and to challenge the university to provide both groups a fair contract that demonstrates their value to their workplace.
At the rally leaders from both the unions spoke to the AFT-Oregon blue and the SEIU purple shirt wearing attendees encouraging them to continue the fight for a fair contract, while also celebrating their victories thus far.
“It’s important that we should solidary for each other, we’re all bargaining contracts, we’re all in the same boat,” WOUFT President and WOU Philosophy Professor Mark Perlman said. “The more people you have involved in a collective effort the better the results you’ll get.”
(Photos by Justin Buchanan)