On-ook Oh

“Teaching and research activities are not a monologue, but a dialogue among staff, students, faculty, administrators, and the larger community. When these activities become a monologue, it is the antithesis of teaching, disappearance of research, cessation of new knowledge, and demise of production itself. I support United Academics for active and collective dialogues between and among all members of the University of Oregon community.”

 

Nancy Bray

“I came to the UO two years ago after being a long-time union member in my previous employment. I have found there to be huge differences between working in a union and non-union environment. We need a faculty union to help ensure equitable salaries, adequate benefits and working conditions, and job security. An individual faculty member has little voice or recourse when decisions are made that affect us; as a union, we will have a collective voice to ensure our rights and to have a role in decisions that affect the university.”

 

Gerald Berk

“As I see it, the most pressing problem at the UO – the long term and systematic disinvestment in faculty, students and academic facilities like the library collection – is not unique to our university.  It represents a broader shift in institutional priorities in the US from advancing knowledge and preparing the next generation for democratic citizenship and meaningful work to the accumulation of wealth, status and power in a small group of privileged people. To me, a faculty union offers a viable way to help put our university and our state back on track by ensuring that resources are mobilized and invested in ways that reflect our values.”

 

Lowell Bowditch

“I support a union because I feel that faculty should have a greater voice in the administrative decisions that affect us all. As the state continues to disinvest in public education, faculty at the UO face bigger class sizes, stagnant or inequitable salaries, shrinking instructional space, and an uncertain future regarding benefits. Collective bargaining will ensure that faculty directly participate in all decisions that impact such issues. It is faculty who carry out the educational and research mission of the university and it should be faculty who shape its priorities.  A union will give us the power to do so.”

 

Susie Bassham

“As a Post Doctoral faculty member, I could have benefited from an organization of peers and colleagues advocating on my behalf to challenge my exclusion from the group health insurance plan offered to other postdocs, an exclusion based only on my type of funding. In general, I think a union can provide a means to tap the diverse, intelligent, committed population of faculty, postdocs, technicians, and research associates, and to help structure and guide the university in a way that many do not currently feel empowered to do.”

 

The Myth of Pay Leveling

Some of our colleagues have expressed concern that our union would equalize pay across departments– but this is, in fact, the opposite of what faculty unions do!