Agents of Change

agents-of-change-poster-for-uaUnited Academics is excited to present this award winning documentary about student activism in the late 1960s. The stories of students of color at San Francisco State and Cornell rising up and demanding reforms to their colleges echo the renewed student activism we see today. We believe these stories illuminate the ongoing struggle, as students seek to make their educational experience relevant to where they come from and where they are.

Please join us on October 20 in 156 Straub from 6-8 pm for the film and a panel discussion of student activism on the University of Oregon campus.

Who Supports Measure 97

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Oregon Businesses

Falling Sky Brewing
Voodoo Doughnut
Fort George Brewery
Music Millennium
Palo Alto Software
O'Neill Electric Inc.
Rainbow Valley Design & Construction
Bipartisan Cafe
Mississippi Pizza
Beaverton Bakery
Golden Harvesters, Inc.
45 North Properties
7Arm IP LLC.
Accent on Attitude
Affirmative Touch
Agave
Alberta Street Fish & Chips
Alberta Street Market
Allie Love Bug / Double B Boutique
Alpine Catering Inc
Amallegory Productions Inc.
Amanda's Nails
Amelia LLC
Another Read Through
Anything But Ordinary
Applegate Valley Organics
Arcane Amplification
Arcane Amps
Archive Coffee and Bar
Artichoke Music
Artside Up Studio School
Atomic Auto
Avant Garb
Bar of The Gods
Beach Books
Beacon Sound
Beanstalk
Bendy Dog
Berland Vapor Supply
Betty's Books
Big City Gamin'
Big O's Wood Fired Pizza
Black Book Vintage Guitars
Black Wagon
BrainJoy
Breaking Ink
Bruce's Barbershop
Cactus
Capella Market
Cascade Networking
Cash Flow Management
Cat Six Cycles
Charese Rohny Law Office, LLC
Cheap Charlie's Beer and Wine Superstore
Chi Blossom Creations LLC
Clay Sage Herbarium
Climb Max Mountaineering
Coffee House-Five
Coos Bay Boat Building Center
Corazon Chiropractic Clinic
Corner Brick Bar and Grill
Cosas NW
Crouchley Plumbing Co. Inc.
Custom Ergonomic Footwear
Darling Distraction
Deadstock Coffee
Deep Under Ground
Diamond Law
Diversity Cafe
Dogtribe
Dora's Garden LLC
Double B Boutique
Dudley's Bookshop Cafe
Earl's Barbershop
East Side Deli
Eb & Bean
El Nutri Taco
Everett Street Guesthouse
Every Day Wine
Exclusive Threads
Exquisit Floral Art
Falling Sky Brewing
Feather Your Nest
Flowers in Flight
Forage Homewares
Frock Boutique
G. Victor Madge Architect Inc
Gabagool
Gloria's Secret Cafe
Goldrush Coffee
Goldworks
Greenleaf Restaurant
Gresham Community Acupuncture
Gresham Shoe Repair
Growlers Hawthorne
Harvest Fresh Grocery & Deli
Hawthorne Auto Clinic
Hawthorne Blvd. Books
Hawthorne Liquor Store
Hawthorne Vintage Modern
Heads High Barber Shop
Healthsource of Portland East
Hilltop Music Shop
Hoffman House Antique Mall
Hoosier Barber
Hound & Hare Vintage
House Of Commons
Hummingbird Spice Co.
I Am Darras
Illustrated Playing Cards
Imagine Engine
Invoke
Jackson's Corner
Jon's Headlight Restoration
Joyful Llama Ranch
Justa Pasta
K. Kremer Designs, Inc.
Keep Flowers in Flight with Pat
Hutchins
Keepsake Tattoo Studio
Kern Park Flower Shoppe LLC.
Koya Leadership Partners
Land and Water Services
Leisure Public House
Little Axe Records
LucidEnergy
MacPCX
Mad Sons
MadHabit Boutique
Madison Automotive
Martian Arts Tattoo
Mayahuel Catering dba Tamale Boy
Meat for Cats and Dogs
Merry Time Bar
Mindseed Cafe Inc.
Mink Boutique
Mir Music
Mirador Kitchen and Home
Mohr Music Studio
More Fun
Morel Ink
Mr. Fixit - Computer Repair
Naked City Clothing
Nationale
Neck of the Woods Consulting
Nectar PDX, LLC
Neighborhood Restaurant Group
Never The Same
Nocturne Collective LLC
Norma Jean's Closet
Not a Pipe Publishing
O'Neil Public House
Ocean Beaches Glassblowing & Gallery
Old Things and Objects
Old Town Framing Company
Oliver's Cafe
Optic Nerve Arts
Oregon Bike Shop
Oregon Paranormal
Paperjam Press
Passionflower
Patties Home Plate
Peninsula Station
Peonies and Possibilities
Pieper Cafe
Pier 11 Mall
Pizza Jerk
Poppa's Haven Coffeehouse
Portland Fret Works
Portland Hemp Works
Portland Productions
Posey-Reed
Presents of Mind
Primrose and Tumbleweeds
Proper Eats
Rachel Oh Estate Law
Reading Frenzy
ReBelle's
Red Castle Games
Red Fox Vintage
Redbird Studio
ReFashion'D
Rutabaga
Salle Trois Armes
Salon Bucci
Salty Tea Cup
Sasquatch Environmental
Consulting
Scopic Inc.
Scottie's Pizza Parlor
Scrapbook Notions
Sea Gypsy Gifts
Second Son Kimbap
Sherri Chapple Energy Work
Short Cakes Consignment
Silver Moon Creperie
Slingshot Lounge
Snackrilge
Spect Actors Collective
St Johns Vision Clinic
St. John's Booksellers
St. John's Vision Clinic
Stephenson Law, LLC
Stormy Night Inc.
Strictly Organic Coffee Co.
StuStuStudio
Sublimity Snow and
Skateboards
Sustainable Planning Resource
Innovation Group LLC
Sweetpea Bicycles, LLC
Sweetpea's
Tails & Trotters
Taqueria Nico's
Tellurian Gardens
The Curious Caterpillar
The Fixin To
The Know Bar
The Little Bagel Shop
The Lodge Bar and Grill
The Lucky Mermaid LLC.
The O'Neill Public House
The Pencil Test
The Shoe Store
The Slingshot Lounge
The Spicy Spoon
The Vortex
Tinctoria Designa
Trails End Saloon
Transcendence Health and Wellness
Tre Bone
Tribe Hair Studio
Trudy Cooper & Associates
Tu Casa Real Estate
Ugly Mug Coffeehouse
Union Rose LLC.
Uppercut Barbershop
Velvet Goldmine
Victor Madge Architect, Inc
Video Explorer
Vik's Jewelers
Vinnie Pizza
Walk With Grace Publishing
What a Deal Thrift Store
White Rabbit Gifts
Whiz Corp
Wildwood Playgrounds
Woodstock Smoke Shop
Worn Path
Yeldah's Bazaar
You Dirty Dog
Zig Zag Wanderer
Zippity News

Community advocates

Adelante Mujeres
Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO)
Cascade AIDS Project (CAP)
Causa Oregon
Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO)
Children First for Oregon
Fair Shot For All Coalition
Family Forward Oregon
Health Care for All-Oregon
Healthy Kids Learn Better Coalition
Human Services Coalition of Oregon (HSCO)
Jobs with Justice
Main Street Alliance of Oregon
NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon
ONE Voice for Child Care
OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon
Oregon Center for Public Policy
Oregon Consumer League
Oregon Health Equity Alliance
Oregon Latino Health Coalition
Oregon Public Health Association
Partnership for Safety and Justice
Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN)
Rural Organizing Project
Tax Fairness Oregon
The Bus Project
The Working Families Party
Upstream Public Health
Western States Center
Alliance for Democracy
Bridgeport United Church of Christ
Church Women United of Lane County
Community Alliance of Lane County
Community Alliance of Tenants
Curry County Democratic Central Committee
Decision Metrics
Eastside Democratic Club
First Unitarian Economic Justice Committee
Forward Together
Human Dignity Advocates of Crook County
Jubilee Oregon
Latinos Unidos Siempre (L.U.S.)
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) of Lane County
Network for Reproductive Options
Northwest Forest Worker Center
Occupy St. Johns
Oregon Assembly for Black Affairs
Oregon Community Health Worker Association
Oregon Faith Roundtable Against Hunger (OFRAH) Lane Co. Chapter
Oregon NOW (National Organization for Women)
Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility
Oregon State Council for Retired Citizens (OSCRC)
Oregon Strong Voice- Southern Oregon
Oregon Walks
Oregon Working Families Party
Parents Across America Oregon
PFLAG Portland Black Chapter
Portland Parent Union
Progressive Party of Oregon
Right 2 Dream Too
Salem Social Justice Collective
Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice
United Seniors of Oregon
University of Oregon Women's Resource Center
We Can Do Better

Educators

Association of Oregon Faculties
Community & Parents for Public Schools
Coos Bay School Board
Hermiston School Board
Oregon Music Education Association
Oregon PTA (Parent Teacher Association)
Oregon Save Our Schools
Arlington Education Association
Ashland Education Association
Association of Classified Employees Of Umpqua Community College
Association of Salem Keizer Educational Support Professionals
Astoria Education Association
Athena-Weston Teachers Association
Baker Education Association
Beaverton Education Association
Beaverton Subs Education Association
Bend Education Association
Bethel Association of Classified Employees
Blue Mountain Faculty Association
Canby Education Association
Centennial Education Association
Central Education Association
Central Point Education Association
Chemeketa Faculty Association
Clackamas Community College Faculty Association
Clackamas Community College Part Time Faculty Association
Clackamas Educational Service District Education Association
Clatskanie Education Association
Clatsop Community College Faculty Association
Colton Association of Classified Employees
Columbia Gorge Educational Service District Education Association
Corbett Education Association
Corvallis Education Association
Creswell Education Association
Crook County Education Association
Dallas Education Association
David Douglas Education Association
Dayton Education Association
District 21 Education Association
Elgin Education Association
Estacada Educational Association
Eugene Education Association
Falls City Education Association
Fern Ridge Education Association
Forest Grove Education Association
Gaston Education Association
Gladstone Teachers Association
Glide Education Association
Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation
Grants Pass Association of Classified Employees
Grants Pass Education Association
Greater Albany Association of Classified Employees
Greater Albany Education Association
Gresham-Barlow Education Association
Hermiston Association of Teachers
High Desert Education Association
Hillsboro Education Association
Hood River County Education Association
John Day Education Association
Klamath County Education Association
Klamath Falls Association of Classified Employees
Klamath Falls Education Association
Lake Oswego Education Association
Lebanon Education Association
Lebanon Educational Support Professional Association
Lincoln County Education Association
Linn-Benton Lincoln Education Service District Education Association
Madras Education Association
McMinnville Education Association
Medford Education Association
Milton-Freewater Education Association
Molalla River Education Association
Morrow County Education Association
Mt Hood Community College Classified Education Association
Mt Hood Community College Faculty Association
Mt. Hood Community College Part Time Faculty Association
Multnomah County Education Service District Education Association
Newberg Education Association
North Clackamas Education Association
North Wasco Education Support Professionals
Ontario Education Association
Oregon City Education Association
Oregon Education Association - Retired
Pendleton Association of Teachers
Pendleton Education Association
Pilot Rock Education Association
Portland Area Teachers - Retired
Portland Association of Teachers
Rainier Education Association
Redmond Education Association
Rogue River Education Association
Roseburg Education Association
Salem-Keizer Education Association
Seaside Education Association
Sherwood Education Association
Sisters Education Association
South Lane Education Association
Springfield Education Association
St Helens Education Association
Stanfield Education Association
Sutherlin Education Association
Sweet Home Education Association
The Oregon Education Association-Retired
Three Rivers Education Association
Tigard-Tualatin Education Association
Treasure Valley Education Association
Umatilla Education Association
United North Marion Educators
Vale Education Association
Vernonia Education Association
West Linn Education Association
Woodburn Education Association
Wy'East Education Association
Yoncalla Education Association

Labor

American Association of University Professors (AAUP) - Oregon
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Oregon
Carpenters Union Local 271
Hillsboro Classified United - AFT Local 4671
Oregon AFL-CIO
Oregon Education Association
Oregon Nurses Association
Oregon School Employees Association
Portland Community College Federation of
Classified Employees American Federation of Teachers Local 3922
Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 503
United Academics of the University of Oregon
United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW)
Local 555
United Steelworkers District 12
USW Oregon L&E
Western Oregon University Federation of Teachers

Elected Officials

Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian
State Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer
State Representative Ann Lininger
State Representative Barbara Smith Warner
State Representative Chris Gorsek
State Representative Dan Rayfield
State Representative Paul Holvey
State Representative Peter Buckley, Co-Chair, Ways and Means
State Representative Phil Barnhart, Chair, Revenue
State Representative Rob Nosse
State Representative Shemia Fagan
State Representative Susan McLain
State Senator Michael Dembrow
Jules Bailey, Multnomah County Commissioner
Dick Schouten, Washington County Commissioner
Paul Blackburn, Mayor of Hood River
Arline LaMear, Mayor of Astoria
Paul Brakeman, Mayor of Scotts Mills
Deanna Busdieker, Cascade Locks City Councilor
Tim Crampton. Weston City Councilor
Diana Dickey, Salem City Council
Drew Herzig, Astoria City Councilor
Georgia Patterson, City Councilor of Prairie City
Greg Scott, Yachats Council President
John Sandusky, Tillamook City Council President
Malynda Wenzl, Forest Grove City Councilor
Mary Dedrick, Umatilla City Council
Melissa Cadwaller, Cannon Beach City Councilor
Ron Preisler, Florence City Councilor
Sally Cook, Salem City Coucilor-elect
Steven Massey, Rainier City Councilor
Amanda Clark, Sisters School Board Member
Eileen Nittler, Eugene 4J School Board Member
Erick Flores, Parkrose School Board, Chair
Jennifer Handsaker, Parkrose Faculty Association
Julianna Seldon, North Bend School Board Member
Kenney Polson, Mt. Hood Community College Board of Education Director
LuAnn Anderson, Nestucca Valley School Board Member
Mary Lou Beatkey, School Board Member of Parkrose School District
Misty Berry, Bandon School Board Member
Paul Anthony, Portland Public School Board, Director
Scott Mills, School Board Member of North Marion School District
Tessa Scheller, Clatsop Community College, Board Member / Trustee

Community Leaders

Katherine Mechling, Physician at Clear Creek Family Practice
Scott Bailey, Community & Parents for Public Schools
Mel Rader, Executive Director of Upstream Public Health
Tina Hargaden, Portland Public School Teacher
Rabbi Debra Kolodny
Jean Eilers, Meeting Facilitator at Jobs with Justice Faith Labor Committee
Barbara Dudley, Senior Fellow at Center for Public Service at Portland State University/ Senior
Policy Advisor for Working Families Party
Dara Shifrer, Asst. Professor of Sociology at Portland State University
Maura Kelly, Associate Professor of Sociology at Portland State University
Leslie Rogers, Instructor at Umpqua Community College
Sandra Morgen, Professor of Sociology at University of Oregon
Mark Perlman, Professor of Philosophy at Western Oregon University
Marty Hart-Landsberg, Professor Emeritus of Economics at Lewis and Clark College; Member of
Workers' Rights Board, Portland Jobs with Justice
Don Gavitte, Portland Public School Teacher
Reverend Thomas Myers, Rockwood United Methodist Church
Pastor Edward Milliken, Atonement Lutheran Church
Forster Freeman, Retired Presbyterian and United Churh of Christ Clergy
Pastor John Schuck, Southminster Presbyterian Church
Dana Weintraub, Citizen Volunteer
Frank Dufay, Private for Hire Transportation Administrator at City of Portland
Steve Berube, Retiree
Jeanne L Carpenter, Retiree
Jody Wiser, Founder & Director of Tax Fairness Oregon
Steve Robinson, Principal at Decision Metrics Consulting

We have a ballot number!

United Academics endorsed IP 28, an initiative that would raise millions a year in additional revenue. The tax will be on corporate sales over $25 million a year. Most of the funds will be raised from out-of-state mega corporations. This tax will be very similar to taxes these corporations pay in other states. Oregon currently has the lowest corporate taxes in the nation. Read more at A Better Oregon.

Doctors at Sacred Heart Will Head to the Picket Line – UPDATED

Doctors at Sacred Heard Will Head to Picket Line - UPDATED

Update: The hospitalists were able to settle their contract with Sacred Heart Medical Centers. http://registerguard.com/rg/business/34479121-63/story.csp

In 2015, doctors at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Centers in Springfield and Eugene made history when they became the first hospital doctors to organize a labor union. After nearly 18 months of negotiations with PeaceHealth without reaching a fair contract that prioritizes patient care, the Lane County community is poised to witness another first: hospital doctors leading an informational picket.

On Tuesday, June 7, the hospitalists at Sacred Heart—doctors who supervise patients’ care while they are in the hospital—filed notice of an informational picket to be held outside PeaceHealth’s Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend on Thursday, June 23 from noon to 1:30 p.m. The hospitalists filed notice with Garvey Schubert Barer, the Seattle-based law firm representing PeaceHealth management in negotiations with the hospitalists. The hospitalists are members of the first and only hospitalist-specific union in the United States, the Pacific Northwest Hospital Medicine Association (PNWHMA).

The PNWHMA picket will highlight critical health care issues that impact patient care and safety at PeaceHealth. Contract negotiations between hospitalists and PeaceHealth are stalled due to PeaceHealth’s unwillingness to allow the hospitalists to practice medicine in the safest manner possible; with reasonable patient loads, and without interference from administrators who do not practice medicine. Administrators cannot be allowed to continue standing between physicians and their patients and dictating how many patients each physician must see per day—regardless of the complexity or circumstances of each patient’s case.

Hospitalists are fighting to ensure patient safety, to advocate for patients, and to ensure physicians are not forced to care for dangerously high numbers of patients at once.

“I always return to the golden rule of, 'If my mother was my patient, what would I want for her?’ I do not want an overworked, burned out, exhausted physician still at work after 15 hours on day 7 of their work stretch trying to manage my mother's care when she is ill. That is exactly what was happening when I came to work at Sacred Heart, and why I was proud that we could push back against the administration once we had unionized,” said Dr. Brittany Ellison, a hospitalist at Sacred Heart Medical Center.

“We unionized in order to protect our ability to always provide optimal care for those in our community and beyond who seek care at Sacred Heart. We will picket, and even go on strike if necessary, to secure a contract that ensures decisions made by administrators can never impede our freedom to act in the best interest of our patients,” said Dr. Frank Littell, a hospitalist at Sacred Heart Medical Center.

The June 23 picket will be for informational purposes. It is not a strike and Sacred Heart Medical Center will be open and operating as normal. All participants in the picket will do so on their own time. Community members are invited to participate and show support for their local doctors.

The PNWHMA was formed in October 2014 in response to PeaceHealth’s plans to outsource patient care to a private for-profit temp agency. The story of the union’s formation, the first of its kind in the US, was featured in the New York Times in January 2016 [Doctors Unionize to Resist the Medical Machine]. The hospitalists have been in negotiations with PeaceHealth for a first contract since December 2014. Negotiations have grown increasingly unproductive, with PeaceHealth negotiators flatly refusing to meet with union negotiators in the presence of supporters from other hospital unions on June 7.

The PNWHMA is part of a coalition of unions at Sacred Heart which includes the Oregon Nurses Association, the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 701, and the Service Employees International Union Local 49. The other coalition member unions have all sent letters of support for the hospitalists to PeaceHealth’s administration.

The PNWHMA is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) as Local 6552.

Support Non-Tenure Faculty at UIUC!

 

Dear Community Supporters,

The members of the Non-Tenure Faculty Coalition at the University of Illinois Urbana-Campaign, voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike on April 6th. After almost two years of bargaining, the administration has refused to offer them a fair deal. Without any movement from the administration, they may call a two-day strike in the next week in order to win an equitable contract.

If you believe that we must all stand together to fight, join us in demanding that the administration respect their work!

Sign the petition here to call on the administration to bargain a fair contract!

Thank you for standing with the Non-Tenure Faculty Coalition #6546!

 

 

Austerity Message Pt. 2

Dear Members,

Last week we sent the bargaining unit a message regarding the proposed cuts in the College of Arts and Sciences, describing the process as we understood it and asking for your on-the-ground perceptions of how the process is progressing. We have received a tremendous amount of feedback and our understanding grows and evolves each day. Please, keep sending us information, and your questions, about how the process is unfolding in your unit.

The main thing we are hearing is that what is happening in CAS does not match the process we described. We have received reports from many units that decisions have already been made with regards to who will not be renewed and faculty are beginning to be informed that they will not be returning. We have also heard that many unit heads believe that decisions are being handed down from CAS and the process is not as collaborative as we were led to believe it would be.

We received Dean Marcus’s memo seeking to dispel the “rumors” we were hearing. It states that cuts have not been finalized, unit heads are being given opportunity for input, and their input is being taken into consideration. Dean Marcus assures us that “In most cases, these conversations have changed some of the outcomes we initially proposed.” However,  some career NTTF have already been informed of non-renewal and several questions still remain. We have asked the CAS deans for a meeting to gain a fuller understanding of how the process came to be described to us so differently from how it is actually playing out and to have some of the faculty’s questions addressed. We are meeting with them on this afternoon and hope to have more information for you very soon.

The two main questions we hope to have addressed are how cutting non-tenure-track positions will save money in the long term, and why there is such a rush to address a problem that has been building for years; it is our understanding that in some cases department heads are being given just a few days to propose where to make massive cuts to their faculty.

Many faculty have expressed a fear that cuts to their unit will become self-perpetuating, leading to a permanent weakening or de facto elimination of their program.  The College of Arts and Sciences, facing a $4 million deficit, is using the metric of NTTF student credit hours (SCH) to TTF SCH in each unit to  single out areas where cuts can be made. The idea is apparently that some units are carrying more NTTF than truly needed, since TTF can teach those courses. CAS is proposing to cut NTTF positions to restore a balance between NTTF employment and NTTF need. Many NTTF, however, teach the largest classes in their units (and NTTF teach more courses than TTF), so that reducing NTTF FTE will almost certainly lead to reduced student credit hours in the unit in subsequent years. We have asked CAS to address this apparent contradiction and to discuss with us the plan to prevent the units which are seeing cuts from having to make cuts again as their SCH decrease in future years.

We also want to discuss with CAS the apparent rush to get these cuts done. Many good questions are being asked regarding the proposed cuts and good questions deserve well-thought-out answers. We are deeply concerned that decisions made hurriedly today will lead to damaging outcomes tomorrow. We understand that President Schill has made improving the tenure-track faculty to student ratio a priority. We share his enthusiasm for this goal. We do, however, wonder why the ratio needs to be improved all at once this year, indeed, over the course of less than a month.

At this point in the process faculty have more questions than answers. We do understand that this is a difficult process for everyone and in no way question the commitment and hard work of our deans and department heads. As Dean Marcus wrote, no one is happy about reducing budgets or cutting faculty. We hope that our conversation this afternoon will be full, detailed, and productive, and we will report back to you what we learn.

Please reply to this email to send in your information and questions so we can represent the faculty fully and well.