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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…


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…


Statement on Salary Equity

A fair and equitable wage for all is a fundamental principle of our union, and we reaffirm that principle in light of the gender discrimination lawsuit filed by our colleague Jennifer Freyd.


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.


Win a Trip to the Science March in Washington DC

United Academics, in conjunction with the American Federation of Teachers, will sponsor one member to attend the March for Science in Washington, DC on April 22, 2017. Applicants should write a short statement (300 words or fewer) stating why they want to attend the DC march and how they plan to advocate for public funding of science research and scientists beyond the march in April. We will pay for your flight and a hotel for two nights.  To win, you must be a member of United Academics in good standing during the academic year 2016-7. All categories of faculty are…


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.