Articles by Chris Sinclair

Stand With Lane County Workers For A Better Contract.

Rally for Respect, Dignity, and a Fair Contract. Lane County Workers need your help! After nine months of negotiations, we are still without a contract. Those who are people of Faith, believe in social justice, and Union brothers and sisters, WE NEED YOU! We are standing up against an economic attack on our community and need you standing shoulder-to-shoulder with us. Come support the Workers of Lane County Local 2831. Monday, September 18 at 12 PM – 1 PM Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza Facebook Event



2017 Fall Term Implicit Bias Trainings

We would like to extend an invitation to the upcoming Implicit Bias Trainings lead by our very own Dr. Erik Girvan, Associate Professor from the Knight Law School. Thursday, 9/21/17 | 10:00 am – Noon | EMU Cedar + Spruce Rooms (231-232) Thursday, 10/12/17 | 10:00 am – Noon | EMU Cedar + Spruce Rooms (231-232) Monday, 11/6/17 | 1:00 – 3:00 pm | EMU Cedar + Spruce Rooms (231-232) Registration for these trainings is found at the Making Tracks HR portal. There is plenty of space so please pass this along to your departments and especially to any members…


Romance Languages Statement on Rescission of DACA

The Department of Romance Languages opposes in the strongest terms the rescission of the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. We unequivocally and vehemently reject this new policy decision as a violation of human rights and affirm the right of all students to a safe, respectful, and inclusive working and learning environment in Romance Languages. We recognize that this policy decision may have a deeply traumatizing effect on many members of our community and their families, regardless of immigration status. We are especially committed to supporting our students who may be affected directly or indirectly by this policy decision. 


2017 AFL-CIO Summer School

The 2017 AFL-CIO Summer School will focus on how we strengthen unions and build a united movement at a time of growing divisions in the country. Join us for engaging classes and plenary discussions of the challenges facing Oregon workers and what it takes to build a fair economy. AUG 4-6, 2017 University of Oregon campus in Eugene, OR New this year: Tools for fighting for change (while significant portions of our membership are under renewed attack); building unity across the “political divide” – finding ways to unite members who disagree on politics; and learning how unions can organize and…


AAUP Summer Institute in Cincinnati

2017 Summer Institute The 2017 AAUP/AAUP-CBC Summer Institute is coming to University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. From July 27 to July 30, more than two hundred other higher education professionals from around the country will gather for four days of exciting workshops and special programs. We bring in organizers, data analysts, seasoned campaigners, and issue experts to build your skills as an advocate for AAUP principles, collective bargaining, and higher education. Summer Institute Scholarships for Faculty of Color As part of an ongoing commitment to building diverse leadership in chapters and at the national level, the AAUP-CBC has set aside…


Possible Collective Bargaining Agreement Extension

As the Spring term was coming to a close, I had a conversation with President Schill about the possibility of extending our current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) by a year or two. The central idea was that we would come to an agreement about a new raise package for those years and leave the rest of the CBA in place until we could bargain a full Agreement. I talked this idea over with our Executive Council and we all agreed it made sense to explore this idea with the UO administration. There were several factors that contributed to our thinking,…


AFT-Oregon Priority Legislation Passes the Oregon Senate

The Oregon Senate passed legislation ensuring that all of Oregon’s public university faculty will have the right to join a union, if they so choose. By adopting House Bill 3170 on a 17 to 13 vote, the Senate joins the Oregon House in approving the bipartisan legislation. After a concurrence vote in the House, the bill will move to the Governor’s desk for her signature. While most public university faculty in Oregon have long enjoyed the right to unionize, since the 1990s an amended Public Employee Collective Bargaining Act has prevented faculty with supervisory duties from joining unions. With the…


Annual Spring Picnic & Potluck

Save the date!  United Academics’ Annual Spring Picnic & Potluck will be Saturday June 10, 4-6pm at Tugman Park. Bring your family, bring a dish to share and bring a pair of socks or some travel-sized toiletries to help the folks at White Bird Clinic. We’ll provide beer, burgers and alternatives for vegetarians/vegans.  


UA Response to CAS Deans’ Policy Communication

What should have been a relatively simple process of converting current unit policy or practice into an approved policy protected by the grievance process has become unnecessarily complicated.