As it stands now, some 5,000 classified workers from seven public universities in Oregon plan to strike beginning next Monday. The union says 95 percent of its members voted in favor of the strike.
One of the affected schools is Southern Oregon University. A spokesperson for the university says they will continue business as usual and make sure everything is operational. They hope a resolution can be reached before that time.
However, bargaining teams indicate that they’re far from an agreement. The union says half of their workers make less than $40,000 a year, and 1 in 6 qualify for food stamps for a family of four.
NBC5 News Reporter Miles Furuichi graduated from Chapman University with degrees in English and Journalism. He received post graduate experience in Los Angeles in photojournalism and commercial photography. He also spent time in Dublin, Ireland working in print journalism and advertising.
Miles is a Rogue Valley native, raised in Ashland. He enjoys hiking, mountain biking and photography.