Greetings Bargaining Unit Members,
Nearly half of you voted on the Ratification of a three-year salary increase MOU between UA and UO administration. 95% of you voted yes. As noted previously, this MOU only affects a small portion of Article 26 in our Collective Bargaining Agreement. Other items, such as salary floors and promotion raises, have yet to be re-visited and bargained, as does the remainder of the CBA.
Even though the vote was overwhelmingly in favor of the salary increases, some feel that this is not enough. Do know, your Executive Council, Bargaining Team, Economics Team, Representatives, and Stewards, all of whom are faculty at this university, are working hard to deliver, as best we can within the limits around us, what UO faculty need and deserve.
If we want the UO administration to value us, this requires a drastic change of culture, values, and priorities at the U of O and higher ed more broadly. Do remember, you are the union, each and every one of you. I leave you this break with an ask - what can you do to accomplish the goals you’d like to see come to fruition? How will you get involved in and support your union?
Avinnash P. Tiwari