Barbara Byrd

“University of Oregon faculty need a union. We must address inequities, create a fair process for resolving conflicts and win the right to bargain over our salary and benefit structure. It’s about democracy; and it’s the only effective way to make the changes we need to move our institution forward.”

 

Allan Branscomb

“The sustained and massive attack on the rights and opportunities of working people underway in the US has eroded the capacity of our educational systems to meet basic requirements of sustaining our nation.  While proponents of reducing public support for educational institutions cite financial frugality as their purpose, the actual consequence of this attack is to disenfranchise Americans by keeping them so uneducated and misinformed that they cannot discern who their enemies are, cannot identify their actual jeopardies, are not able protect their interests and opportunities.

The actual purpose of the movement to reduce government, or to starve it until it dies, Grover Norquist’s stated goal, is to leave Americans too weakened and economically  terrified that they will not fight for their rights or the health of the country.  The right wing hates unions as much or more than it hates regulatory government precisely because both protect the rights of the many against the power of the few.

The formation and active engagement of any organization that fights for and strengthens the rights of ordinary citizens in the current environment is desperately needed at this time.  I strongly support the formation of our union, United Academics, at the University of Oregon.”

 

Jack Boss

“The faculty at UO face a number of challenges, some unique to our institution, others that we share with universities around the country.  Our salaries are at the bottom of the list when compared to our peers.  There is an increasing reliance on non-tenure-track positions and part-time positions for undergraduate (and even much graduate) teaching.  And there is increasing pressure for us to share the cost of our pensions and health insurance, which would drive our take-home pay even lower.  Meanwhile, the University, though its state support continues to dwindle, has been increasingly successful in drawing operating money from other sources.  Many other faculties have found that collective bargaining is the most effective way to work with administrators to address problems such as the ones we face, and it seems to me that it is time for us to try it.”

 

Tina Boscha

“As a non-tenure track instructor, I take my commitment to teach very seriously, but with term-to-term or nine-month contracts, I have yet to feel secure about my longevity at the U of O. At a minimum, I believe a union can help me be a better teacher and mentor by providing more job security. Working under a multi-year contract that contains clear language about my future employment can only help me feel more connected to this campus and my work. Right now, I believe the only way for me to advance my career as a writing instructor – which ultimately means serving students – is through collective bargaining.”

Louise Bishop

“Faculty can embrace their labor through a union, and a faculty union can help with transparency on campus.”

Mary Baxter

“All of the people who devote their time and energy to provide an inclusive and stimulating learning environment here at the University of Oregon should have representation in the form of a union. Graduate students and classified staff do. It is past time for faculty to have it as well.”