Portland State Threat to Block Faculty Email Broke Oregon Law, Board Says

When Portland State University threatened last year to shut down unionized faculty members’ access to their email if they went out on strike, the university broke Oregon law, the state’s Employment Relations Board ruled last week, according to The Oregonian. The board, which said the threat interfered with faculty members’ exercise of their right to unionize, ordered the university to never again make such a threat and to inform faculty members of the ruling. A strike never happened, as the university and the union reached a tentative agreement on a contract.

The university’s 2014 announcement said “electronic log-in credentials for striking employees will be disabled during a strike, preventing access to email” and other electronic systems.

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