“I came to the UO after eleven years at a public university with a strong faculty union. The differences in terms of faculty salaries, protected benefits, governance and institutional priorities are striking. Instead of the leveling role presumed by some of my colleagues, a faculty union was crucial in securing salaries that far exceed the UO at the highest as well as the middle and lower tiers. Equally important, changes in health care and other benefits were determined by a collective bargaining process rather than passed down as a fait accompli. A faculty union also was valuable in giving faculty true power in university governance and in facilitating a more equitable environment. These are some of the most prominent reasons why I support unionization at the UO.”
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