DEVELOPING INTERNAL GOVERNANCE POLICIES IN YOUR UNIT

One of the underlying principles in the Collective Bargaining Agreement is the creation of meaningful participation for faculty in the governance of their unit. All departments and units are beginning the process of developing internal governance policies.

The first task for all faculty (including NTTs) is to develop a governance policy for your unit or department. This policy should describe the committee structure of the unit, which will lay the groundwork for future policy development by non-tenure track and tenure related faculty, including criteria for review and promotion of both NTTF and TTF, as well as criteria for merit raises, the use of professional development funds and other policies.

United Academics recognizes that it will take a significant amount of time to develop these governance policies. Our implementation team has been working with university administrators to make the process as smooth as possible. To help you think about ways in which your unit might develop an effective internal governance policy, we have produced a handout (see below) to guide your unit int the process.  You should also feel free to contact the UA Executive Committee member who represents your classification:

Nathan Dunn – Vice President for Non-Tenure-Track Research Faculty Affairs dunn@uauoregon.org

Ron Bramhall – Vice President for Non-Tenure-Track Instructional Faculty bramhall@uauoregon.org

Gina Psaki – Vice President for Tenure-Track Faculty Affairs  psaki@uauoregon.org

UNITED ACADEMICS RECEIVES MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. AWARD

At the UO’s recent celebration luncheon for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., our bargaining team was awarded a 2014 Equity and Inclusion Innovation Award. The award honored the team’s efforts to include in the contract a requirement that all faculty (tenure-related and non-tenure related) include a discussion of their contribution to institutional equity and inclusion in their promotion statements.   

Text of the speech given by Professor Yvonne Braun on behalf of the United Academics Bargaining Team on accepting the 2014 Equity and Inclusion Innovation Award:

Thank you, Vice President. I am deeply honored and humbled to accept this award on behalf of my tremendous faculty colleagues on the United Academics bargaining team, and I also want to recognize our two chief negotiators, Dave Cecil and Mike Mauer.

I know I speak for the whole team when I say this award is particularly meaningful to us as our whole approach to bargaining was rooted in the values of equity, transparency, fairness, and inclusion. Our hope was that we could play a small role in bringing greater alignment between these values and institutional policies and practices in our university community.

One specific way is having faculty include contributions to institutional equity and inclusion in their promotion statements. For us, this was in response to a series of interrelated concerns.

First, we were concerned about issues related to service. As you all know, service expectations are not uniformly applied nor are the obligations to serve equally shared.

Second, and relatedly, we were concerned about the patterns associated with disproportionate service, such that women and faculty of color often do much higher levels of service. Specifically, institutional strategies to diversify and be more inclusive have relied on the work of a small group of committed faculty to support these institutional goals.

Considering both of these points, we wanted to create avenues for greater recognition of faculty work that serves these institutional goals, in recognition of their importance to the institution and our university community.

We also aimed to regularize service expectations for all faculty by creating mechanisms that serve to incentivize, validate and reward such service via inclusion in critical institutional policies such as promotion. 

In the longer term, our hope as faculty and as members of United Academics is that this will encourage all members of our university community to consider how we all share the responsibilities, the opportunities, and the benefits of building a more equitable and inclusive institution.

Thank you again for the honor of this award.

UPDATE–Faculty Raises and Grievance

Your January paycheck should have had a 1.5% increase to your base salary. This is the second of three 1.5% raises that we negotiated. You might also have received a merit raise, depending on the process established in your unit. United Academics has received reports from several faculty members that they have not heard any information from their department or unit as to how much, if any, merit increase was in their check this month.  

We recommend that you talk with your department head, supervisor, or office manager about how much of a merit increase you received, if any. We are also encouraging the university administration to send out a notice to faculty about the amount of their merit increase, which is common practice in many units at the university.

On a related note, we are still trying to work with the university administration to resolve issues about the first raise. The contract language is clear: “All bargaining unit faculty members hired on or before June 30, 2012 will receive a salary increase equal to 1.5% of salary effective January 1, 2013.” 

The university administration, however, has effectively denied this raise to many faculty members. Our efforts to resolve this issue informally have not worked, so we filed a grievance on behalf of all faculty who did not receive that increase to their base salary. This will be the first test of our new grievance process. We are confident that United Academics will be able to compel the administration to honor the contract and grant faculty the raises that were negotiated.

United Academics’ Bargaining Team Honored with MLK Award

At the university’s recent celebration luncheon for Martin Luther King, Jr., our bargaining team was awarded a 2014 Equity and Inclusion Innovation Award for the team’s efforts to ensure that service is recognized and honored during the promotion review process. Our Agreement includes a provision allowing both non-tenure-track and tenure-related faculty to include a discussion of their contribution to institutional equity and inclusion in their promotion statements.  

Text of the speech given by Professor Yvonne Braun on behalf of the United Academics Bargaining Team on accepting the 2014 Equity and Inclusion Innovation Award:

Thank you, Vice President. I am deeply honored and humbled to accept this award on behalf of my tremendous faculty colleagues on the United Academics bargaining team, and I also want to recognize our two chief negotiators, Dave Cecil and Mike Mauer.

I know I speak for the whole team when I say this award is particularly meaningful to us as our whole approach to bargaining was rooted in the values of equity, transparency, fairness, and inclusion. Our hope was that we could play a small role in bringing greater alignment between these values and institutional policies and practices in our university community.

One specific way is having faculty include contributions to institutional equity and inclusion in their promotion statements. For us, this was in response to a series of interrelated concerns.

First, we were concerned about issues related to service. As you all know, service expectations are not uniformly applied nor are the obligations to serve equally shared.

Second, and relatedly, we were concerned about the patterns associated with disproportionate service, such that women and faculty of color often do much higher levels of service. Specifically, institutional strategies to diversify and be more inclusive have relied on the work of a small group of committed faculty to support these institutional goals.

Considering both of these points, we wanted to create avenues for greater recognition of faculty work that serves these institutional goals, in recognition of their importance to the institution and our university community.

We also aimed to regularize service expectations for all faculty by creating mechanisms that serve to incentivize, validate and reward such service via inclusion in critical institutional policies such as promotion.

In the longer term, our hope as faculty and as members of United Academics is that this will encourage all members of our university community to consider how we all share the responsibilities, the opportunities, and the benefits of building a more equitable and inclusive institution.

Thank you again for the honor of this award.

UA Open House Schedule–Your questions answered

Please join us at one of our upcoming open house meetings hosted by your colleagues at United Academics.


All bargaining unit members are welcome

All bargaining unit members are welcome at any meeting to learn about the implementation of your new contract, find out about new policies for shared governance, ask questions about union membership and much more. As indicated below, each meeting will also have some focus on the concerns of specific groups of faculty and researchers, but all bargaining unit members are welcome at any meeting.

Enjoy refreshments, meet colleagues, and have your questions answered.

OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULE

*January 22, 5pm-7pm, All Instructional Faculty (TTF and NTTF): EMU River Rooms. Join us for a selection of beer, wine, and other refreshments.

*January 27, 11am-1pm, CAS Non-Tenure Track Faculty: Knight Library Browsing Room. Join us for light snacks and refreshments.

*January 29, 5pm-7:30pm, All Officers of Research (Post-Docs, Research Associates, Research Assistants, etc.). Knight Library Browsing Room: Join us for a selection of beer, wine, and other refreshments.

*February 4, 4pm-7pm, All Officers of Research (Post-Docs, Research Associates, Research Assistants) Knight Library Browsing Room. Join us for a selection of beer, wine, and other refreshments.

*February 11, 4pm-7pm, TENURE TRACK FACULTY: Fir Room, EMU. Join us for a selection of beer, wine, and other refreshments.

WHAT’S AHEAD?
These meetings will answer your questions to the many opportunities our new contract offers to transform the university as well as each of your units.Your input and participation in the coming months will determine how well our current contract is implemented and what new issues we will bring to the bargaining table next year.

UPCOMING RAISES: By the end of January, we hope the University Administration will finally complete the first series of retroactive raises (see our FAQ on raises for more information).

NEW SHARED GOVERNANCE POLICIES:
Our new contract provides new language for shared governance for faculty across every department and unit–opportunities to develop more transparent written policies on internal governance, workload, promotion, merit pay, professional development, and more.

UPCOMING DEPARTMENT MEETINGS: Within relatively short windows of time, departments and units will hold meetings to discuss these policies. All faculty, tenure track and career non-tenure track, will be invited to attend. In order to get the most out of these discussions, it is important to know what is coming and how to shape it.

We invite you to be part of these conversations and join us for beverages and snacks at any one of the open houses. If you cannot make an open house, there will also be some opportunities to attend meetings in your department. Please contact info@uauoregon.org to attend or schedule a meeting in your unit.

Nominations open for UA delegates to AAUP and AFT conventions

With the formation of our new union, all United Academics members now have the opportunity to participate as delegates representing our union at meetings of the state and national unions with which we are affiliated: the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).

These affiliations and meetings are critical for our union and our members—they give us a voice in extremely important policy and budget decisions concerning higher education at a state and national level.

As specified in our UAUO Constitution, each year we will solicit nominations from members who wish to participate in state or national meetings of these affiliates and represent United Academics. This is a chance for every union member to help represent our union.

This year, we have three opportunities for members to serve as delegates:

  • The annual convention of the American Federation of Teachers-Oregon, April 4-6 in Sunriver, OR
  • The annual convention of the American Federation of Teachers, July 11-14, in Los Angeles, CA
  • The annual conference of the AAUP, June 11-15, in Washington, DC

All union members are eligible to run for delegate positions and to vote. As explained below, United Academics will be able to cover the travel expenses of a limited number of union members who wish to participate. As a union, we have an obligation to facilitate the participation of a sufficient number of our members to represent our union’s interests while responsibly managing our budget.

If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please do not hesitate to contact United Academics at info@uauoregon.org

In order to run for a delegate position, a member must return a nomination form with ten signatures of union members by February 6, 2014, 5pm. A print version of this notice has been sent to your postal address as well.

AFT-Oregon

The AFT-Oregon Convention will be held in Sunriver, Oregon April 4-6, 2014. You will be expected to represent United Academics by serving on a Committee, participating in events, and voting on issues.

If you choose to run for delegate and are in the top 8 vote-getters, then United Academics will reimburse mileage to Sunriver, pay for your lodging, supply you with a $30 per diem, and pay for your registration. If you finish between 8th and 27th place, then you will be eligible to serve as a delegate at the Convention, but United Academics will be unable to provide you with support. We are not permitted to send more than 27 delegates from our union to this convention.

American Federation of Teachers National Convention

The AFT Convention will be held in Los Angeles, July 11-14, 2014. You will be expected to represent United Academics by voting on issues, resolutions and for officers of AFT.

If you choose to run for delegate and are in the top 5 vote-getters, then United Academics will pay for your travel and lodging, supply you with a $30 per diem, and pay for your registration.

AAUP Annual Conference

The AAUP Annual Conference will be held in Washington, DC, June 11-15, 2014. You will be expected to represent United Academics by voting on AAUP business.

If you choose to run for delegate and are in the top 5 vote-getters, then United Academics will pay for your travel and lodging, supply you with a $30 per diem, and pay for your registration.

Please use the nomination form you received in the mail at your home address, or access the same form below. Be sure to indicate which of the delegate positions you are nominating for.

You may nominate for any one, two, or all three delegate positions. Return the form to the United Academics office (872 E. 13th Ave., Eugene, OR 97401 ) or info@uauoregon.org by February 6, 2014, 5pm.