Guest Blog–Interest-Based Bargaining: Pays Off With Dividends

PSU has many stories about the successes of our faculty, staff and students. We acknowledge our excellence in teaching, research, service contributions, scholarships, and rankings. Shared governance successes and collaborations are also worth noting and celebrating. I asked the leadership of PSU-AAUP, PSU Administration and our Oregon State Conciliator to guest blog about their recent presentation on interest-based bargaining (IBB). I want to thank them for the blog, but more importantly for their commitment to work together to make PSU a great place to learn and work.

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Learning More About Interest-Based Bargaining

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Getting to YES: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In is a best-selling book by Roger Fisher and William L. Ury

I recently had the privilege to participate in the first day of a two-day Interest-Based Bargaining (IBB) training session for PSU’s Administration and AAUP bargaining teams. I have previously blogged about IBB and held multiple discussions to explore this option.

The training was a deep dive to understand the value of IBB, what makes it successful, and to begin to use its principles to work together. Continue reading

Labor Relations Progress and Updates


In my October 2014 blog I shared my thoughts on interest-based bargaining (IBB) and encouraged the University and AAUP to consider this approach.  The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) describes IBB as “a process that enables traditional negotiators to become joint problem-solvers. It assumes that mutual gain is possible, that solutions which satisfy mutual interests are more durable, that the parties should help each other achieve a positive result.”

There have been many positive developments since my posting.

IBB Info Session

On January 22, 2015 the University and AAUP jointly participated in an IBB overview session presented by Janet Gillman, State Conciliator with the Oregon Employment Relations Board.  Janet is familiar with PSU; she served as a mediator for the negotiations last year between the University and AAUP (and is a PSU grad!). She also facilitated the SEIU-PSU IBPS process in May last year and the efforts from that collaboration remain strong today.

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