July 31 2021
9:00 AM
banner-icon1 banner-icon2 banner-icon3

Local Oregon News

Local News Index

Previous story First public college strike in Oregon state history begins in Klamath Falls Next story
  Faculty went on strike to demand fair wages and workload at Oregon Tech   Oregon Tech is the first public college in state history to have faculty go on strike  

Story by Mariah Mills - Story Source
Published on Wednesday April 28, 2021 - 12:17 PM
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
KLAMATH FALLS, Oregon - Faculty went on strike this morning beginning at 6 a.m. to demand fair wages and workload at Oregon Tech. Oregon Tech is the first public college in state history to have faculty go on strike.

Some students tell me adjunct teachers were no-shows for class today and frustration is running high. On the first day of faculty and staff going on strike at Oregon Tech, some students showed up to empty classrooms.

"All of our class showed up, you know, all 52 of us came to this auditorium ready to learn and nobody was there," said student, Natalie Allen.

She's a junior studying radiologic science at the school, says the situation is worrisome.

"We're paying so much for this education and it's really frustrating just to get to class and have an empty podium, with no one standing there after we've been promised, so many emails promising us someone would be there and our education is important," said Allen.

Read the story from another source (

In a statement from the university Monday, OIT said the university was prepared to continue operations "with minimum disruption to classes or services."

"We are committed to ensuring that instruction proceeds without interruption and that our students are given the opportunity to continue to pursue their academic goals," OIT President Nagi Naganathan said in that statement Monday morning.

But, according to the union, faculty and students had reported that there were more than 40 classes without teachers on Monday.

Shiloh Castelli, a student at OIT's Wilsonville campus, said they were told by OIT administration that the strike would not affect students' classes, but that was not the case.

"I'm in a program called Medical Laboratory Science and I don't have labs," Castelli told OPB Wednesday.

Castelli, who stood with a group of other supporters on the picket line outside of Oregon Tech's Portland-area campus, said they don't have classes for this week due to the strike...