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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…


United Academics End of Year Report

Dear Colleagues and Members of United Academics: I trust that many of you can attest to the mix of challenges and achievements across our campus and our union this last academic year. In state politics, we began the academic year optimistically with the potential to stabilize Oregon’s treasury with a corporate tax. By November, large corporations spent tens of millions of dollars to defeat the corporate tax in Measure 97; the result was a stinging defeat capped by other electoral woes. With one of the lowest corporate tax rates in the country, Oregon faces another state budget shortfall of $1.4…


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.


Picnic Change of Plans: Due to Weather – Falling Sky Deli Instead

Due to the dire weather forecast, United Academics leadership has decided to cancel the picnic scheduled for this weekend.  Instead, UA will buy your first round of beers at Falling Sky Deli (8th and Blair) on Saturday. We’ll be there from 3 to 6 pm. We’ll order snacks and appetizers for everyone, too.  Please come on by and salute the end of this academic year!



A Recap of NTT Faculty Meetings with President Schill

Last month the Daily Emerald published an article reporting on the non-renewals of non-tenure track (NTT) faculty and staff in the College of Arts and Sciences. It became apparent from the article and the ensuing discussions that the UO administration and Board of Trustees do not have a complete picture of how NTTF provide essential contributions to the successful functioning of the University in fulfilling its teaching and research missions. This apparent lack of understanding inspired many of our University community members to respond. In support of this dialogue, United Academics invited President Schill to a dialogue with a group of…