Get Involved

With our new faculty union we have the opportunity to directly affect the working and learning conditions on our campus and to improve our compensation and benefits. We expect to begin bargaining in the fall. In order to build a strong union and negotiate the best possible contract, we all need to be involved in the process. If you’re interested in getting involved, fill out your contact info below and someone will get in touch with you. 

“I always wondered why somebody doesn’t do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody.”– Lily Tomlin

Contact Us

For more information or to get involved with your union, please come by the office or give us a call.

872 E. 13th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97401

T: 541.636.4714

Our Mission

We Are United Academics

We are faculty, tenured and non-tenured, postdoctoral scholars and research faculty. We are united to strengthen the quality of education and  research at the University of Oregon. We have the power in our union to shape the future of higher education, raising our collective voice for the preservation of public education and the role of faculty in governing our University.

Together we will:

  • Ensure that working conditions allow all faculty to pursue excellence and innovation  in our teaching, research and service.
  • Uphold the mission of the University of Oregon.
  • Strengthen civil society through a vibrant system of public education.
Our Mission Statement

This mission statement was crafted by faculty over a series of meetings in April of 2010. These are the core principles that guide our actions as we move forward in building a strong united faculty here at the University of Oregon.

Recognizing that working conditions for faculty and staff are the learning conditions for students, and that union representation and collective bargaining are proven, crucial mechanisms for enhancing that connection by improving salaries, benefits, working conditions and job security, UA-UO-AAUP/AFT is committed to:

1. Obtaining collective bargaining representation and the ability to negotiate an enforceable collective bargaining agreement that best represents the collective interests of bargaining unit members and the University of Oregon.

2. Advancing the University of Oregon’s (UO) mission as a public research university that serves its students and the people of Oregon, the nation, and the world through the creation and transfer of knowledge in the liberal arts, the natural and social sciences, and the professions.

3. Working to protect and improve the quality of public education, research and service at the UO and promote access to public higher education.

4. Ensuring that every faculty member (tenured and non-tenured), librarian, and researcher has a respected individual voice and, as a whole, has an effective collective voice in determining our working conditions and in making the decisions that affect the future of the university.

5. Making the promise of shared governance in the academic realm a reality by backing it with the power of collective bargaining to demand institutional transparency regarding information, decision-making processes, and implementation procedures in the allocation of resources affecting our working conditions.

6. Using collective bargaining to preserve the principles of academic freedom, free speech and inquiry that provide the foundation for the academic community that constitutes a great university.

 

Jeffrey Cina

“The formation of a union for faculty and instructional staff at the UO is a simple, natural way for those of us most directly responsible for advancing the educational and scholarly missions of the University to make common cause in support of the priority of those missions.”

 

Julian Catchen

“I feel privileged to have the local work environment I do: a good boss, great colleagues and work that is extremely satisfying. A union seems fundamental to me, though, for two reasons: first, it provides a mechanism to address larger, structural issues at the University, from employee benefits and stable terms of work, to the burden of paperwork I have to complete. Second, with constantly receding funding from the State, and a general public that seems to view higher education with apathy and downright hostility, I seek a group to represent my voice at large to the political bodies and to the people of the state of Oregon directly.”

 

Cristina Calhoon

“The increasing privatization of our public education, although superficially beneficial, is a Trojan horse. While I applaud the generosity of donors, I am also worried about the potential for “strings attached”, in terms of limitations in free speech and research.  The debate about the possible elimination of tenure (and the protection it affords) is also troublesome in this respect.  The present national climate makes it imperative that faculty–as well as other workers– have representation that advocates for our needs, highlights the benefits that we bring to this state and brings about fairness, transparency and accountability within the university system. I am especially concerned about the increased reliance on non-tenured faculty to carry the load of educating our students.  While equally knowledgeable and qualified as tenured faculty, this class of instructors are exploited and kept in a condition of chronic peonage vis-a-vis benefits, pay and job security. A union would help immensely to establish clear guidelines concerning the assimilation of these  invaluable and dedicated educators in the university’s body.  We need to strengthen education, now more than ever, and a union that can effectively harmonize  the needs of faculty, administration and public is the best strategy to face our current hardships.”