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As many of you know, WOU President Fuller has invoked Article 15, indicating that “program or discipline curtailment” is “imminent” at WOU. The President released his Final Plan in early December 2020, leaving the WOU community reeling.

Link to WOUFT Response to President Fuller’s Article 15 Draft Plan

Link to President Fuller’s Article 15 Final Plan

Your WOUFT Executive Council has been reaching out to key legislators and the press to ensure that they are aware of the leadership crisis at WOU.

The WOU Board of Trustees granted several campus stakeholder groups, including WOUFT, 15 minutes each to present to the Board on December 8, 2020. WOUFT and SEIU sublocal WOU 082 explained, as best we could in only 15 minutes, why President Fuller received a no confidence vote from 85% of the roughly 250 WOU employee respondents in October. Fifteen minutes was hardly enough.

Per Part 1.7.1 of the WOU Board Statement on Delegation of Authority, the WOUFT Executive Council believes that the WOU Board of Trustees has the authority and the responsibilty to approve or reject, in whole or in part, the president’s Article 15 cuts. As of January 13, 2021 the Board has not indicated that they will take any vote on the Article 15 Plan. Your WOUFT Executive Council has reached out to the Board Secretary for clarification.

If you have any questions please contact WOUFT President Bryan Dutton.

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The Western Oregon University Federation of Teachers, or WOUFT, is Local 2278 of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). WOUFT represents all Western Oregon University faculty members employed at or above 0.5 FTE with respect to salary, employment terms, and working conditions. Since 1974, WOUFT has worked to promote the collective welfare of the faculty community. WOUFT works with its affiliated organizations to eliminate discrimination in institutions of higher education, to enact just laws which will improve the climate for students and faculty, and to advance the public image of higher education.

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