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Death and PERS Reform

The only two certainties in Oregon life are death and PERS “reform”.  This year’s legislative session is no exception, with two Senate bills still in play, and due for a work session on April 17th.  Although at this point these particular bills seem to be headed for failure, State employees shouldn’t be complacent – as the legislative session winds down to a close over the next couple of months, lots of horse-trading will take place to get a budget adopted, and throwing pensioners under the bus is always a good way to attract Republican support for whatever deal you want…


An Invitation to President Schill to Meet with Career Faculty

In his Open Mike message on April 12, President Schill attempted to express his appreciation for the non-tenure-track faculty at UO. His message followed on the heels of an unfortunate statement about NTTF in the Daily Emerald earlier in the week. Unfortunately, in both statements he revealed that he does not fully understand what NTTF do on our campus, how long they have worked here, how hard they work, and how essential they are to the research and instructional mission of the university. Naturally, many of our members are demoralized and frustrated by both of his statements. United Academics is likewise upset with…


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.


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…




Call for Moratorium on Workload Revisions

Over the course of the last few weeks, many faculty across campus are being informed of potential revisions to their unit’s Professional Responsibilities/Workload policies. In some cases, work that had previously earned a course release will no longer do so. In other cases, workloads may be “rebalanced” in order to increase course load at the expense of scholarship or service responsibilities. Our collective bargaining agreement has two mechanisms for revising workloads policies after they have been approved by the Provost. Faculty can suggest changes to the workload through their internal governance committees and/or faculty meetings. These changes would need to…


Ways & Means Roadshow Coming to Eugene

With a $1.8 billion state budget deficit, Oregon families are facing massive cuts to schools, health care, and the services they rely on daily.  We may see nearly 350,000 people lose their insurance through the Oregon health plan, and tens of thousands may lose access to their mental health and dental care. Thousands of seniors and people with disabilities will likely lose access to services that help them live independently and with dignity in their homes. And we will likely see funding for early education programs slashed. This is unacceptable so long as the world’s largest corporations pay the lowest corporate taxes in the entire nation. In the next few weeks, the Ways and Means committee will…


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…


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.