PSUFA, founded in 1978, is one of the very first local unions to represent part-time faculty (teaching less than .5 FTE). We are affiliated statewide with AFT-Oregon, and nationally with the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO. For over 30 years the Association has worked to establish the rights of part-time faculty to fair treatment in pay and working conditions as well as access to health care, job security, education, professional development, and academic freedom. Our work on behalf of all part-time faculty and researchers at PSU is supported by member dues and by agency fees.
The process for collective bargaining for our new contract begins in mid-July 2015. In preparation, our bargaining team has been meeting to discuss and prioritize the issues our members have identified throughout the academic year. This year’s bargaining team is made up of part-time faculty who’ve come together from across various PSU departments to focus on creative ways to address issues in negotiations with the PSU administration like job-security, access to benefits, and career advancement.
Meet the team:
Kelly Cowan, former PSUFA president, part-time faculty in Engineering Department
Doug Crow, former PSUFA vice-president, part-time faculty in the School of Business Administration
Anna Gray, PSUFA vice-president, part-time faculty in the School of Art & Design
Staci Martin, PSUFA president, part-time faculty in the School of Social Work
Mary Sykora, PSUFA secretary, part-time faculty in World Languages and Literature Department
Jim Thayer, part-time faculty in the School of Business Administration
Debra Mayo-Kelly, AFT Field Representative, AFT Oregon