Tentative Agreement for Contract Extension

[Update: This summer, we sent an email to members of United Academics regarding our intent to enter into negotiations with UO administration. Below is an overview of were we are currently in that process.] Late last week, we were able to reach a tentative agreement with the administration for a two-year extension to the Collective Bargaining Agreement. We will be holding a ratification vote later this month. The agreement will only be finalized upon approval of a majority of voting members. This email contains a short summary of the agreement, followed by a longer explanation and a link to the…

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. 

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…

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…

Marching for Science in DC

A wet, unseasonably chilly day was the perfect setting for tens of thousands of scientists and science enthusiasts to march from the Washington monument to the foot of Capitol Hill.  The raucous marchers chanted and throngs of on-lookers cheered as they passed.  With generous funding from AFT-Oregon I was able to represent United Academics and AFT-OR in Washington for this amazing display of solidarity. Check the photos and videos below for the scope of the event in DC, and thanks to all who marched in Eugene, Portland and other locations around the world. IMG_1413