Fighting Back the Attack on Immigrants

With a series of devastating ICE raids across the nation coming on the heels of anti-immigrant executive orders, and after this week’s release of White House memos on implementation of those Orders, I wanted to send to you information on how AFT is responding to the immigration policy crisis and offer tools to help state affiliates to do the same.

Rally for survivors of domestic and sexual violence

Please come show your support for survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Oregon. Join the Oregon Coalition against Domestic and Sexual Violence (OCADSV), the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force (SATF) and the Oregon Alliance to End Violence Against Women on the steps of the capitol as we raise our voices in support of protections and services for survivors. Wear purple or teal to show solidarity if you are able.

A Report Back from Lobby Day in Salem

United Academics participated in a terrific lobby day in Salem on February 14th. The event, organized by Oregon’s Higher Ed Coalition (which consists of the Oregon Student Association, OEA, SEIU, AAUP, AOF, and AFT-Oregon) was focused particularly on the crisis of growing student debt, and the strong need to raise revenue in the state to ease financial burdens on students and on universities. We took part in a “Drowning in Debt” rally on the steps of the Capitol at noon, where students and their staff and faculty allies talked about the need for legislators to come up with a revenue…

A Black History Month Event: All Labor Has Dignity

February 15th, 2017 6 pm – 8 pm UO Portland White Stag Building room 142/144 70 NW Couch Street Portland, OR Simulcast at UO campus in Eugene, Knight Library, Studio A **This is a FREE, PUBLIC event. Please select a ticket for the UO Portland location or for the UO Eugene simulcast.** The event will feature a lively facilitated discussion with civil rights activist and trade-unionist leader, William “Bill” Lucy. Mr. Lucy helped lead and was a voice in the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees for 57 years. As a lifelong labor activist he collaborated with Dr….

White Nationalist Flyers Posted on Campus

White nationalists have been emboldened by the recent election, and their leaflets/posters are appearing on the UO campus. White nationalists and other hate groups use a variety of symbols to signal their presence to others. It may be useful to familiarize yourself with commonly used hate symbols so you know them when you see them. Help us keep campus safe by removing any white nationalist posters you find. If you see anyone posting such leaflets/posters or if you find hate graffiti or other targeted acts of vandalism, please contact UOPD.

Lobbying for Higher Ed in Oregon

We have several important opportunities to meet legislators. UA is working on several legislative efforts, including: work with the UO on the higher ed budget, work with AFT-Oregon to support a healthcare benefits bill for adjunct instructors, work in coalition to find a revenue solution (not more cuts) to the $1.8 billion projected deficit in Oregon for the next biennium. On February 14, join us for a Higher Education Lobby day. All higher ed constituencies will work together to advance priority funding and avoid deep cuts and rising tuition at our public colleges and universities. On February 20 in Salem,…

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…