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Workers on the Margin: Gender-Inclusive Organizing in a Flexible Industry

Please join us this Monday, February 13th at 4 pm in the EMU Miller Room for the second talk in the UO Labor Research Colloquium. Larissa Petrucci, a PhD candidate in the Sociology department, will be discussing organizing efforts among women and non-gender-binary workers in the high tech industry. Petrucci’s work forces us to think about the intersection between workplace norms, feminism and labor organizing.  Looking at one of the northwest’s premier industries, she raises questions about the limitations of neoliberal or professional feminism, the challenges of collective action in a gendered workplace, and the prospects for labor organizing in what…


‘Not in Our City’ rally in the Whit

Hundreds of people gathered in the Whitaker neighborhood this Sunday afternoon to rally against a rash of hateful graffiti. Several UA members were spotted in the crowd, including Joe Lowndes and Darren Divers who hold the United Academics banner.


Faculty Success Program #5 Teaching

Right near this midterm or looking ahead could be a good time to discuss pedagogy and course preparation strategies. Please join us for lunch on February 10 to discuss teaching at the UO in our fifth UA & UO collaborative Faculty Success Event for 2016-17. Our highly accomplished panel is looking forward to your questions and informal discussion. Panel Lee Rumbarger, Director, Teaching Engagement Program (TEP) Sierra Dawson, Human Physiology, Associate Vice Provost for Undergrad Studies Theresa May, Theatre Arts Alison Gash, Political Science This panel of faculty will address strategies for protecting research time while teaching, rebounding from difficult…


Organizing for Democracy and Strength

Welcome to the new UA newsletter’s organizing column! This will be a space to share news about our organizing progress, tips on how to organize among each other and strengthen our union, and news that bears on how we go about organizing our union. For this first entry, I would like to talk about how we organize as a union, and how it is the bedrock of our strength. Organizing is the lifeblood of a union. Our ability to advocate for better working conditions for ourselves and learning conditions for our students is built on our ability to band together…


SB-196 Supporting Health Benefits for Adjunct Instructors

According to the 2015-15 Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession, released by the American Association of University Professors, part-time adjunct instructors now comprise over forty percent of all faculty appointments in the US (and this does not include graduate student employees or full time non-tenure track faculty, which takes the percentage up to just over 70). Due to their part-time status, most of these adjuncts are not eligible for the kinds of benefits available to their full time colleagues. In terms of pay, studies show that part-time non-tenure track faculty earn between 22 and 40 percent less,…


Statement of Support for International Students, Faculty, and Staff

United Academics supports the University of Oregon President Michael Schill’s statement on global engagement and international scholars. We join him in supporting the international faculty, students, and staff in the UO community affected by President Trump’s Executive Order banning the entry of all persons from Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Iran, Iraq, and Yemen. UA, along with President Schill, supports students affected by the policies of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) in line with the strong statements in favor of sanctuary policies approved by the university administration and the faculty…


Treasurer’s Report

We want to have a transparent union. The budget, financial statements, and audit reports are all posted on the UAUO website at http://uauoregon.org/documents/budget/. Each year we hire an accounting firm to do an audit of our financial statements and accounting procedures. The most recent report notes: Management is responsible for the selection and use of appropriate accounting policies. The significant accounting policies used by United Academics of the University of Oregon are described in Note 1 to the financial statements. No new accounting policies were adopted and the application of existing policies was not changed during fiscal year 2015-2016. We…


MLK Day March in Eugene

United Academics was represented by many faculty at the Eugene-Springfield NAACP March for MLK, Jr. Day on January 16, 2017. The theme was “Standing United,” and participants met near UO’s PK Park and marched to the Shedd Institute in downtown Eugene. A highlight of the program at the Shedd was Congressman Peter DeFazio, who told a standing-room crowd that he was standing by his friend, Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis (D-GA) in the week leading up to Donald Trump’s inauguration. Also on the agenda were a number of local community leaders like NAACP President Eric Richardson and UO…


An Anti-labor Labor Secretary?

All of the doubts about how serious Donald Trump was about his populist appeals to U.S. workers have been confirmed by the selection of Andrew Puzder to be Secretary of Labor. Puzder is a prime example of the Trump administration’s pattern of appointing people directly opposed to the missions of their departments to cabinet positions. Puzder, the CEO of CKE Restaurants, which owns the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s fast food chains, has been one of the most vocal opponents of workers’ rights throughout the Obama Administration. The avid fan of Ayn Rand has opposed paid sick leave requirements, the Affordable…