Beginning in 2007, faculty started organizing meetings to discuss the possibility of forming a faculty union; faculty were concerned about the erosion of shared governance and salaries that put them at the bottom of their AAU comparators.
In 2009, faculty organizers affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers and the American Association of University Professors to begin the process of forming a faculty union at the UO, selecting the name United Academics of the University of Oregon.
After two-and-a-half years of organizing conversations, guest speakers from unions across the country, and thousands of individual conversations, United Academics collected union membership cards from a majority of faculty in all sectors and filed for recognition with the Oregon Employment Relations Board in April 2012.
In October 2013, we reached our first collective bargaining agreement with the university. In that same month, we ratified our Constitution and Bylaws and approved our first budget. The Representative Assembly adopted a revised Constitution and Bylaws of United Academics on May 18, 2016. This version of the Constitution and Bylaws governs the affairs of United Academics.
The first official elected leaders of United Academics took office in January 2014.
United Academics is a member-run union.
We hold elections for our Executive Council in May of the odd-numbered years. The current Executive Council officers can be found here.
The Representative Assembly is made up of representatives in all divisions and classifications across campus. The current Representative Assembly can be found here.
The Chairs of the various committees are elected officers of United Academics. You can view the current committees and their projects here.
UNION GOVERNANCE DOCUMENTS
The membership of United Academics adopted The Constitution and Bylaws of United Academics the same night we ratified the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Constitution and Bylaws were drafted by a committee of volunteers over the 2013 academic year. They were formally adopted on October 8, 2013.
The 2014-2015 United Academics Budget was adopted by the Executive Council at their June 13, 2014 meeting. The 2018-2019 United Academics budget was adopted by the Representative Assembly at their May 22, 2018 meeting.
Additional information regarding the budget can be found on the Finance and Budget page.
OUR AFFILIATES & ALLIES
We are affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers and the American Association of University Professors. Through these two organizations, we are also affiliated with AFT-Oregon and AAUP-Oregon. We are proud members of the American Federation of Teacher-Congress of Industrial Organizations and their state affiliate.
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