Workspace Temperature Issues
We are in the process of negotiating CBA language to address the situation of problematic temperatures (excessive heat or cold) in classrooms, labs, offices, and other workspaces. The administration team has asked us to provide examples of rooms where temperature issues have been reported but not remedied.
If you have experienced this situation, please complete this short form. The data collected by early next week will be included in UA's report to the administration.
Contingent Faculty Survey
Our affiliate, American Federation of Teachers (AFT), is seeking input from contingent faculty on their current work and personal life experiences. Both full and part-time nontenure-track faculty are encouraged to take a few minutes to complete the annual contingent faculty survey.
Vote for the Senate
Reminder that Senate elections close Monday, April 18, 2022
We encourage all faculty to complete the IDEAL Climate Survey 2022. Mike Schill and other senior administrators have committed resources to using the survey results to inform future actions. (See here: https://inclusion.uoregon.edu/ideal-climate-survey-2022-faq#Results)
CSWS, UA to host work and caregiving teach-in
On April 27, the Center for the Study of Women in Society (CSWS) and United Academics (UA) will host “Balancing Work and Caregiving: A Best Practices Teach-In.”
Both CSWS and UA have been advocating for caregivers in the University of Oregon community since the start of the pandemic. CSWS launched the Caregiver Campaign special project, advocating for greater flexibility and support in administrative policies, while UA has developed a Caregiving article for collective bargaining this year. This teach-in is designed to complement those efforts.
Event panelists include Maria Fernanda Escallón, Anthropology; Lynn Fujiwara, Indigenous, Race and Ethnic Studies; Melissa Graboyes, History; Deborah Green, Religious Studies; and Lynn Stephen, Anthropology.
The teach-in will be held Wednesday, April 27, from 12-2 pm on Zoom.
United Academics Outstanding Contributions Awards Information
United Academics has established awards for outstanding contributions to the university community. Details of each award can be found on UA’s newsletter. Please consider nominating a worthy colleague for one or more.
Email nominations to UA staff at email@example.com by April 30, 2022. Nominations should include a brief statement that details the nominee’s service contributions to the university community, United Academics, and specifically to principles held by United Academics.
AFT-Oregon Special Convention and AFT National Delegate Nominations
AFT-Oregon is holding a Special Convention on June 25, 2022. This convention will be limited to addressing a proposed constitutional amendment for the purpose of modifying AFT-Oregon per capita rates and will be held virtually through zoom.
United Academics is also seeking up to two delegates to the 87th convention of the American Federation of Teachers. This conference will be held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston, MA, July 14 through 17, 2022.
We are taking nominations for Delegate to both of these conventions. Members in good standing* are eligible to serve as delegate, as well as to nominate other members in good standing. Self-nominations are also permitted. To be nominated to be Delegate, a member in good standing needs the signature of 10 other members in good standing. The nomination forms can be found here on the UA website and brought directly to the staff at the union hall or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nomination notices must be received by 4:59 pm on April 21, 2022.