PSU-AAUP, the faculty union at Portland State University, and the PSU administration reached an agreement on a new two-year contract in the wee hours of Saturday night, averting a strike on April 16th. Faculty, students, and the administration seem satisfied. KBOO captured on-campus reactions from two student leaders and also the administration:
1) Cameron Frank and Christina Kane, student leaders in the PSU Student Union (PSUSU) and also the Student Action Coalition, give immediate reflections.
3:40 minutes (3.36 MB)
John Sweeney is a Democratic candidate for Oregon House District 42 which serves SE and NE Portland. He talked with Don Merrill about how hemp and marijuana could be a boon to the state economy, how he's not "hot" on the idea of gay marriage and why PERS caused a lot of its own problems. *These interviews are part of a project to invite all Oregon 2014 candidates to share their views. A transcript of this interview will be posted shortly.
29:42 minutes (27.18 MB)
Mae Rafferty is a Republican running for Oregon's Governor. She talked with Don Merrill about why she believes the 10th Amendment protects Oregon from federal decisions regarding gay marriage, how contract law as it relates to the retirement of public employees is tricky and her mission to stop Chinese businesses from taking root in Oregon. *These interviews are part of a project to invite all Oregon 2014 candidates to share their views. A transcript of this interview will be posted shortly.
29:07 minutes (26.65 MB)
Hosted as well as engineered by Joe Clement, this episode features discussions of Education, Labor, Aging, Reading, Psychiatry and Cinema: Bill Resnick talks with Portland State University Professor Patricia Schechter about faculty labor struggles and neoliberal education; Joe talks with Peter Frase of Jacobin Magazine about rethinking work; Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews new nonfiction form Penelope Lively, and Jan Haaken talks with Grace Silvia about the upcoming Rethinking Psychiatry Film Festival.
58:05 minutes (26.59 MB)
Bill Resnick talks with History Professor Patricia Schechter of Portland State University's faculty union, the American Association of University Professors, about why faculty are ready to strike after 10 months of bargaining. They discuss faculty stability, pay equity, and educator-led education and the importance of broad and lifelong learning and the liberal arts, as against administration focus on the needs of short-term business profit. Both students and faculty are in economically untenable positions, with mounting pressures and mounting debt. But students and faculty are in solidarity in supporting each other and the need for lifelong learning.
Teddy Keizer is a seventh generation progressive Oregonian who grew up in conservative Coos County and is running for Oregon's 42d House District seat which serves Southeast and Northeast Portland. He talked with Don Merrill about the ongoing effort to reform the Portland Police Bureau, his desire to change what people think when they hear the word "politician" and why working for quality health care for all Oregonians will be one of his major efforts. *These interviews are part of a project to invite all candidates for the 2014 election to share their views. A transcript of this interview will be posted shortly.
29:54 minutes (27.38 MB)