Nearly 4,000 workers in the Oregon higher education system face a potential strike vote if talks break down.

Nearly 4,000 workers in the Oregon higher education system face a potential strike vote if talks break down.

A bargaining session has been scheduled for Sept. 2 between university officials and the union representing classified workers in security, food service, clerical and technical jobs.

The Salem Statesman Journal reports the union has declared an impasse, and contract talks are in a 30-day "cooling-off" period.

A spokeswoman for the system says that if a deal isn't reached by Sept. 16, university administrators can implement their final offer, and the workers will have the right to call a strike.

The deal offered by the state is like one facing ratification this week by state agency workers. Union negotiators want to take furlough days off the table.

— Associated Press

Information from: Statesman Journal, http:www.statesmanjournal.com