Labor

Labor

Talks to continue in SOU contract tussle

Southern Oregon University administrators and SOU faculty union representatives significantly differ on what details led to a breakdown in contract negotiations going back three years, drawing clear differences in perspective on how to resolve the issues.

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Labor

SOU faculty union declares impasse in contract negotiations

After nearly a year of negotiations, Southern Oregon University’s faculty union announced an impasse in contract talks after 5 p.m. Tuesday. The union negotiated for more than 150 days and presented its lowest offer possible, an offer that the administration rejected, according to the union president.

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City Government

Ashland Parks & Rec sued for $750K in damages

Allegations of sexist, ageist and homophobic behavior by Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission employees are cited in a suit filed in Jackson County Circuit Court on Feb. 21 by the superintendent of Oak Knoll Golf Course.

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Ashland School District

School employees, district reach tentative agreement

Negotiators signed a tentative agreement Thursday, avoiding a possible strike by Ashland School District classified personnel. The agreement came after a third mediated negotiating session Tuesday, a day after about 70 demonstrators turned out for a rally outside the district office on Siskiyou Boulevard in Ashland.

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Ashland School District

School classified staff rally as negotiations enter mediation

Negotiators for Ashland School District classified employees and the district have been unable to reach an agreement, so they’ll enter mediation Tuesday, Feb. 22, in an attempt to reach an agreement. The classified employees are currently working under terms of an expired contract.

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SOU awards its highest honor to former Guanajuato governor and his wife

Southern Oregon University President Rick Bailey presented SOU’s highest honor on Monday in Guanajuato to two prominent supporters of the university exchange program between SOU and the University of Guanajuato. An SOU delegation and about 200 guests representing wide segments of the Guanajuato community looked on as the awards were presented to Juan Carlos Romero Hicks, holder of two master’s degrees earned at SOU before he embarked on a distinguished political career in Mexico, and his wife, Francis “Faffie” Romero Siekman, a prime mover behind a scholarship program supporting student exchanges.

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Ashland Fire & Rescue warns of intensified wildfire seasons

Ashland Fire & Rescue has warned of more intense fire seasons in years to come as local impacts of climate change become more apparent. Division Chief Chris Chambers told the City Council Tuesday, Aug. 2, that coming fire seasons could see an increase in acres burned of between 200 and 400 percent.

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Birds’-Eye View: An Ashland-based bird conservation organization

Birds’-Eye View: Ashland-based nonprofit Klamath Bird Observatory keeps on eye on bird life in the Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion of southern Oregon and northern California. Since birds are a key indicator species and migratory paths from much of the Western Hemisphere pass through this area, KBO data helps inform natural resource management on a broad scale.

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One Hiroshima survivor nurtures seedling sprouted from another survivor

The 77th anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, was marked in Ashland for the 38th year on Saturday. A capacity crowd gathered at Thalden Pavilion, site of an eternal World Peace Flame, to hear remarks and celebrate the planting of a gingko tree sprouted from seeds from a tree that survived the Hiroshima inferno.

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