March for Science This Weekend in Eugene

We urge you to join United Academics at the March for Science in Eugene this Saturday, April 22 (Earth Day)… and bring your family, friends, and colleagues.  Look for the United Academics banner and come march with us! Location: University of Oregon Memorial Quad Day and Time: Saturday April 22nd, Noon, march at 1. What’s Happening: Local DJ Shawn Kahl and singer Halie Loren join our speakers- Sarah Chylek, science teacher at North Eugene High School, Professor (and United Academics Representative) Jeffrey Cina from the University of Oregon, Professor Paul Ruscher, Dean of Science from Lane Community College and Representative…

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Death and PERS Reform

The only two certainties in Oregon life are death and PERS “reform”.  This year’s legislative session is no exception, with two Senate bills still in play, and due for a work session on April 17th.  Although at this point these particular bills seem to be headed for failure, State employees shouldn’t be complacent – as the legislative session winds down to a close over the next couple of months, lots of horse-trading will take place to get a budget adopted, and throwing pensioners under the bus is always a good way to attract Republican support for whatever deal you want…

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On Campus

AFT President, Randi Weingarten visiting UO in April

On Wednesday, April 26, the President of the American Federation of Teachers (our parent union!), Randi Weingarten is coming to the UO campus to deliver the inaugural Margaret Hallock Lecture on Women’s Rights. Her speech will also mark the final address in the Wayne Morse Center’s two-year look at the future of education in America. Randi’s talk is in the Giustina Ballroom of the Ford Alumni Center at 7 pm. It is free and open to the public. All faculty are strongly encouraged to attend. Weingarten promotes what she calls “solution-driven unionism”—an approach to collective bargaining and collective action that…

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Put the movement back in the labor movement

Portland State University is hosting a Labor Notes School from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday, April 8. Since 1979 Labor Notes has published labor news and organized movement training for “union activists who want to put the movement back in the labor movement.” This one-day event will be a great chance to learn how union activists have organized vital, effective organizations, and to make contacts with fellow academic union activists here in Oregon. United Academics will pay for three members to attend, so please get in contact if you would like to come. This opportunity is open to…

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Diversity & Social Justice

Bargaining for social justice

As more and more college campuses focus on equity, diversity and inclusion, graduate employees at the University of Michigan are breaking new ground with a logical premise: People working for social justice should be paid for that work.

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Solidarity and Community Events

Annual Spring Picnic & Potluck

Save the date!  United Academics’ Annual Spring Picnic & Potluck will be Saturday June 10. Stay tuned for details.  

Immigration Policy and Coalition-Building in the Age of Trump

Panel Discussion: “Immigration Policy and Coalition-Building in the Age of Trump.” April 11, 2017.  12-1:30PM.  145 EMU Panelists will discuss updates on immigration policy from their perspective and discuss strategies for coalition-building locally and nationally to protect immigrant communities. Panelists include: Larry Kleinman, Director of National Initiatives for CAPACES Leadership Institute; State Representative Diego Hernandez; Roberta Phillip-Robbins, J.D., Executive director of MRG Foundation; and Guadalupe Quinn,  Group Latino de Accion Directa de Lane County. Moderated by Dan Tichenor, Professor in the Department of Political Science and Senior Faculty Fellow with the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics.

Beyond $15: Immigrant Workers, Faith Activists, and the Revival of the Labor Movement

The First Feekin Speaker Series event! Jonathan Rosenblum will discuss how Seattle’s immigrant workers won the fight for $15 in his newly released book:Beyond $15: Immigrant Workers, Faith Activists, and the Revival of the Labor Movement.Wednesday, March 22nd University of Oregon Knight Law School, Room 175 4:00 – 4:30  Reception 4:30 – 5:45  Presentation and Discussion Jonathan Rosenblum has been a community and labor organizer for more than thirty years.  His new book provides an inspirational blueprint for a powerful, all-inclusive labor movement and is a call for workers to reclaim their power in the new economy.

Immigrants’ Rights for Allies (Resisting ICE)

Tuesday, March 7 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM 2520 Harris St, Eugene, OR 97405-3046 This is a Know Your Rights training specifically for allies who want to be help protect and support the immigrant community. The training is focused on what the laws are around immigration and how allies can assert their rights to help protect immigrant communities. Some of what the training will cover: -Oregon Immigration Law -Sanctuary Policies -Worksite Enforcement -Creating a plan -Interacting with law enforcement -What ICE agents can & can’t do and how to assert your rights -What you can do -We will also…

Rally Against Tuition Raise

Ford Alumni Center, Thursday, March 2nd @12PM. The Board of Trustees is voting on the tuition raise. Let’s rally and have our voices heard! Organized by the Coalition for High Quality and Affordable Education with Fair Labor Practices.