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.