Portland State University students, faculty rally

Fair wages and educator-led education are two of the major points of contention, said Patricia Schechter, a history professor and union officer. Educator-led education means allowing faculty have more control over university decisions, such as which classes to offer or who to promote, she said. The ultimate goal, she said, is to better serve students.”They are paying more tuition for less access to their faculty,” Schechter said.Max Orhai didn’t have as much access to faculty during his first two years at PSU as he would have liked. The math major didn’t have a math professor until his third year in school, he said. The less advanced classes were all taught by graduate students.”We have an administration that is out of touch with the students and faculty,” he said, holding a “Let PSU serve the students” sign above his head.Job stability is another key aspect of the contract for faculty.”Like many faculty I’m laid off each year and rehired,” David Osborn said in a press release. “I have no way of knowing if I’ll have a job in the next year.”

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