QUESTION: Does our CBA place a new restriction on faculty leave, engagement, or reporting responsibilities between fall and winter terms?

ANSWER: ABSOLUTELY NOT. The new CBA does formalize a paid leave for most bargaining unit members for the entire week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. But there are no new campus-wide policies regarding expectations for faculty engagement in research, service and teaching between fall and winter terms that supersede existing practices and expectations within units. As in the past, bargaining unit members should consult with their respective unit heads or supervisors if they have questions about their expected engagement during this period.

A memo sent by the Office of the General Counsel to department heads and some faculty during the week of December 11 inaccurately implied that the CBA instituted new campus-wide changes to such policies. The CBA does not institute such changes, and it does not grant the General Counsel the authority to dictate such policy to individual units.

If you have been incorrectly told that the CBA has mandated a new campus wide change to faculty reporting and engagement responsibilities between fall and winter terms, please contact United Academics immediately at 541 636-4714 or info@uauoregon.org.

QUESTION: Does our new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) prohibit the administration from granting raises to individual faculty above the levels required in the agreement?

ANSWER: ABSOLUTELY NOT. There is no language in the CBA that prohibits the administration from offering raises above the levels required by the contract (e.g. in a retention effort when the UO grants a raise to a faculty member who has received an outside offer). As long as such raises do not diminish the contractually guaranteed pools allotted for equity and merit raises, are disclosed to United Academics, and are implemented through a transparent and fair process, the Administration retains the authority to grant such raises at its discretion.

Please click below to see a copy of the memo sent to Interim Provost Scott Coltrane on behalf of United Academics reaffirming the Union’s position that there are no objections to such extra-contractual raises.

If you have been incorrectly told by an administrator or unit head that they are prevented from granting such extra-contractual raises because of the CBA or the union, please contact United Academics immediately at 541 636 4714 or info@uauoregon.org.

United Academics Elections Results

In accordance with the UAUO Constitution and Bylaws, the first election for executive council and representative assembly is now closed.  The Elections Committee is very happy to announce the results of that election, and to congratulate everyone who has volunteered to serve.If you are interested in one of the vacant seats on the representative assembly, or participating on a standing committee, please contact the United Academics office at 541 636 4714, or at info@uauoregon.org.

Executive Council

President

○      Michael Dreiling, Department of Sociology

Executive Vice President

○      Deborah Olson, College of Education

Secretary

○      Kira Homo, UO Libraries

Treasurer

○      Bill Harbaugh, Department of Economics

Vice President for Tenure Track Faculty Affairs

○      Gina Psaki. Department of Romance Languages

Vice President for Non-Tenure Track Instructional Faculty Affairs

○      Ron Bramhall. College of Business

Vice President for Non-Tenure Track Research Faculty Affairs

○      Nathan Dunn, CASIT Scientific Programming

Chair of the Diversity of Equity Committee

○      Jane Cramer, Department of Political Science

Chair of the Grievance and Contract Administration Committee

○      Deb Merskin, School of Journalism and Communication

Chair of the Organizing, Membership, and Communications Committee

○      Daniel Martinez HoSang, Department of Ethnic Studies and Department of Political Science

Chair of the State and Higher Education Issues Committee

○      Joseph Lowndes, Department of Political Science

Representative Assembly

School of Architecture and Allied Arts TT Reps

  1. Peter Keyes, Department of Architecture
  2. VACANT

School of Architecture and Allied Arts NTT Instructional Reps

  1. Sara Huston
  2. VACANT

College of Education TT Reps

  1. Jerry Rosiek, Education Studies

College of Education NTT Instructional Reps

  1. Mark Van Ryzin, Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership
  2. Joanna Smith, Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership
  3. Lisa Hellemn, Special Education and Clinical Sciences
   

College of Education NTT Research Reps

  1. Josh Charles
  2. Nury (Carmen) Rivas, Center for Advanced Technology in Education
  3. Seth May, Educational and Community Supports

Lundquist College of Business: NTT Instructional Reps

  1. Frank Veltri

CAS Humanities Division TT Reps

  1. Deborah Green, Department of Religious Studies
  2. Gordon Sayre, Department of English
  3. VACANT

CAS Humanities Division NTT Instructional Reps

  1. Bruce Evans, American English Institute
  2. Juanita Devereaux, Romance Languages
  3. Darrin Divers, American English Institute
  4. Neva Nicolato, American English Institute
  5. Nate Soelberg, American English Institute
  6. VACANT

CAS Social Sciences Division TT Reps

  1. Yvonne Braun, International Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies
  2. Greg McLauchlan, Department of Sociology
  3. David Luebke, Department of History
  4. Gerald Berk, Department of Political Science

CAS Social Sciences Division NTT Instructional Reps

  1. John Davidson, Department of Political Science
  2. VACANT

CAS Natural Science Division TT Reps

  1. Jeff Cina, Department of Chemistry
  2. David (Randy) Sullivan, Department of Chemistry

CAS Natural Science Division Instructional TT Reps

  1. VACANT
  2. VACANT

CAS Natural Science Division NTT Research Reps

  1. VACANT
  2. VACANT
  3. VACANT

School of Music and Dance: TT Reps

  1. Jack Boss
  2. Lydia Van Dreel

School of Music and Dance: NTT Instructional Reps

  1. VACANT
  2. VACANT

Research Units: NTT Research Reps

  1. Steven Strain, Center for Advanced Material Characterization in Oregon
  2. Joshua Razink, Center for Advanced Material Characterization in Oregon
  3. Robert Schofield, Center for High Energy Physics
  4. VACANT
  5. VACANT

Library: NTT Instructional Reps

1. VACANT

Physical Education: NTT Instructional Reps

  1. Ryan Kelly
  2. Ronny Ray Carper

School of Journalism and Communications: TT Rep

  1. Carl Bybee

School of Journalism and Communications: NTT Instructional Rep

  1. VACANT

At Large TT Reps (Includes Honors College, Labor Education Research Center, Lundquist College of Business, and all other units not represented above)

  1. Gordon Lafer, Labor Education Research Center

At Large NTT Instructional Reps (Includes all research units and all other units not represented above)

  1. VACANT

At Large NTT Research Reps (Includes CAS Humanities and all other units not represented above)

  1. VACANT

     

United Academics Elections Announcement

The nomination period for the United Academics elections is now closed. Individuals nominated from among your fellow UA members are running for positions on the Executive Council and Representative Assembly.

The candidates running for office and Representative Assembly are listed below.  In cases where only one person was nominated for a given office or Assembly slot, that person will be elected by acclamation on the day elections close.  As stipulated in the UAUO Constitution,  where there are vacant Representative Assembly positions, the Executive Council can appoint qualified and interested members to fill those slots.

Election ballots will be mailed out no later than Monday, November 18, 2013, to those members eligible to vote in contested elections.  Completed ballots returned by mail must be postmarked on or before Monday, December 9, 2013. Ballots delivered to the United Academics office must be received before the end of the business day (5 pm) on December 9, 2013.

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