Upcoming: financial counterproposals, opportunities, and deadlines

Next bargaining session is this Friday, May 6 from 9am-noon via Zoom, followed by a debrief and social hour from 3-5pm at Falling Sky Pub at 1334 Oak Alley. We expect to receive the remainder of the administration’s financial proposals, so please log in to support your team and hear just how much your and your colleagues’ work is valued by UO administration.

United Academics Outstanding Contributions Awards
Nomination deadlines extend to Friday, May 6

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 protected] by May 6, 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.

Interim President Call
Nomination deadline Tuesday, May 10, 2022

The role of interim president of UAUO is open! We invite members to express their interest in that position or other ways of participating more in your union. One or more members of the current Executive Committee will be happy to meet with anyone interested (or even just possibly interested, thinking about becoming interested, and so on) to help you learn more about the position and other ways to be involved. If you would like to serve as interim president, please send us a candidate statement by Tuesday, May 10, 2022 which we will post publicly on the UAUO website. All union members in good standing will be able to give feedback to the EC, and the EC will use that input as they appoint a new interim president to serve a one-year term. This is the normal process by which UAUO replaces officers of the union who step down before their term of service has elapsed.

The new interim president will serve until the general UA leadership election in Spring 2023, at which time all positions open for new candidates. If you meet with us to learn more about the interim president role but determine that it won’t quite work for you, we hope you’ll consider running for a position in 2023 or that you’ll look at openings we have for committees and/or representative and steward positions.

Invitation to the AAUP Oregon Annual Meeting 
The AAUP OR Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, May 14 at 10am. Topics of discussion will be SB 854, how governance is changing at our campuses, and strategizing on how to push back against those changes. We need as many participants as possible to help build a strong campaign heading into the long session next year.

Please take a second to register and encourage your colleagues to do the same. Do not hesitate to reach out to the UA staff at [email protected] if you have any questions. Register for the event here.

AAUP Oregon Executive Council Positions
The Oregon State Conference of the AAUP has two positions opening on their Executive Council. The AAUP Oregon Executive Council typically meets once a quarter, and this is a great opportunity to influence the work of the organization and make an impact on higher education in Oregon. Position descriptions below.

Vice President for Membership and Organizing

  • The VP-MO shall assist CB chapters with internal organizing, advocacy chapters that seek to organize into CB chapters, and AAUP members who seek to create AAUP chapters.

Vice President for Communication and Public Relations

  • The VP-CPR shall be responsible for developing and implementing a communication strategy and public relations campaigns in serving the mission of the conference and in promoting quality higher education as an investment in Oregon’s future. This position will work closely with staff in response to current issues facing the Conference and on a strategy to shape public opinion favorable to higher education and faculty for the long term.

Please contact UA staff at [email protected] or AAUP Oregon’s Organizing Director Matt Burris at [email protected] if you would like additional information about this opportunity.

UA’s Spring Picnic Friday, May 20
United Academics invites you and your colleagues to an end-of-year picnic! Family members are also welcome to attend. We'll provide beverages, snacks, and some activities.

The details:
When: Friday, May 20 from 3 to 6 pm. Rain or shine
Where: Alton Baker Park covered shelter area
What to bring: Yourself, colleagues, and family members

RSVPs are not required but are appreciated for planning purposes. Please RSVP here.

We will announce this year's United Academics Outstanding Contributions Awards at the picnic. Remember to send your nominations to [email protected]. Winners will also be announced via email.

Hope to see you all on Friday, May 20!

AFT-Oregon Special Convention Delegates
A hearty congratulations and thank you to Christopher Sinclair, Associate Professor of Mathematics, and William Harbaugh, Professor of Economics, for serving as United Academics’ delegates to the AFT-Oregon Special Convention.

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 non-tenure-track faculty are encouraged to take a few minutes to complete the annual contingent faculty survey.