WE DID IT! UA and UO Reach Tentative Agreement on a First Contract

Following months of negotiations, United Academics and the University of Oregon have reached tentative agreement on a historic first collective bargaining agreement!

More information, including a complete copy of the tentative agreement, contract highlights, and information on the upcoming ratification vote will be emailed and posted here soon.

A big thanks to our faculty negotiators and all of you that supported our team through this challenging, transformative process!  We’ve achieved many amazing gains and improvements in our working conditions through these negotiations, and look forward to continuing to make the University of Oregon a better place to teach and research.

Bargaining Today! (Wednesday, 9/18)

While last week’s negotiations were productive, there are still significant outstanding issues to resolve in order to reach agreement on a fair first contract with the UO Administration.

YOUR PRESENCE CONTINUES TO MAKE  A DIFFERENCE.  When you attend bargaining, you show the Administration that faculty support the faculty negotiating team.

YOUR NEGOTIATORS STILL NEED YOUR SUPPORT.  Help keep the room packed.  We can reach agreement on a historic first contract – but we need your support.

TODAY (Wednesday, 9/18)
10am
101 Knight Library

See you there!

ATTEND BARGAINING TOMORROW – Thursday, September 12

ATTEND BARGAINING TOMORROW: 
Thursday, September 12, 1PM – 5PM, Knight Library 101

 
You make a difference!
 
During the last two weeks of negotiating sessions, hundreds of faculty have packed the room to support our negotiators.  We’re coming down to the last unresolved items, which as you might imagine are also the most difficult. There has been a great deal of progress made in the last few weeks, with most of the concessions coming from administration, thanks in very large measure to the persistently high turnout of faculty and supporters to these negotiations.
 
Your negotiators need your support tomorrow.
 
Another bargaining session will take place TOMORROW Thursday, September 12, 1pm-5pm in Knight Library 101. Childcare will be available (see below).  We expect the agenda to be VERY full, and will likely include a raft of issues, including:
 
* consulting
* academic freedom
* intellectual property
* access to UO computers and networks
* termination without cause for financial exigency
* contract fairness for NTT
* the “nomenclature issue”
* salary 
 
We are at a crossroads. If we are to reach a fair and just contract soon, we need you. We need you to bring your colleagues. We need you to stand with your committed faculty bargaining team, who has worked tirelessly to negotiate benefits, standards and improvements that we will all enjoy.
 
Please take a moment to RSVP now and let us know that you will be there with us on Thursday. As always, members of the UA organizing committee will be on hand to answer any questions you have about contract negotiations and our union, and to listen to your ideas and suggestions.
 

ATTEND BARGAINING: 
Thursday, September 12, 1pm-5pm, Knight Library 101

 
Childcare:
Childcare will be provided from 1pm-5pm by faculty parents and families.  Please RSVP to info@uauoregon.org and let us know if you will need childcare.

Negotiations Update – More Negotiations on 9/10 and 9/12

Bargaining Update: 9/3 and 9/6 Negotiations

Last week was an especially important one for bargaining. The bargaining team was at the table on Tuesday and Friday.  Once again, faculty supporters filled our conference space, necessitating a move to a larger room in the library on both days. Since Thursday, August 29, more than 300 faculty members have shown up to bargaining.
 
We have no doubt that this enormous demonstration of support by faculty (during the summer, at that) was instrumental in pressuring the Administration to move significantly on their salary proposal. On Tuesday (9/3), the Administration presented a counter to the salary proposal we presented Thursday (8/29) (see Bargaining Update 8/30/13 – http://uauoregon.org/bargaining-update-8302013?cache=0), in which they increased their total offer by approximately 1.25%, for an average total salary increase of 11.75%. The offer also includes a one-time payment of $350 for each bargaining unit member. Given that the Administration had not increased the overall percentage of their salary proposal since early June, we welcome this significant movement on their part. We will be responding this week at the table; we’re scheduled to bargain both Tuesday and Thursday, starting at 1:00 in the library.
 
In addition, we are making progress on the few, but important, outstanding noneconomic issues that remain. This week we continued spirited discussions with the Administration on intellectual property, academic freedom, shared governance, outside consulting, financial exigency, and contracts, among others. As always, we remain committed to protecting and strengthening individual and collective faculty rights and voice.
 
While both bargaining teams had hoped to reach a deal by September 6th, we are not yet finished with our efforts to secure a strong and fair first contract. You are vital in helping us achieve this goal. We are grateful for your support and solidarity, and for your input and expertise on these issues that touch us all. We hope that you will continue to show up to demonstrate the power of a united faculty as we move towards resolving these last key issues.
 
Attend Bargaining THIS WEEK in 122 Knight Library:
1 p.m. Tuesday, September 10
1 p.m. Thursday, September 12

Attend Bargaining TOMORROW – Friday, September 6

ATTEND BARGAINING: 

Friday, September 6, 9am-4PM, Knight Library 122

We did it!

During the last two bargaining sessions, hundreds of faculty have packed the room to support our negotiators. Our group was so large, the sessions had to be relocated to the Library 101 classroom.

Your presence has made a huge difference. We’ve already won improvements around family leave, sabbatical pay, protections forNTTFs, classroom and office standards, and many other provisions. 

 

Can we count on you again?

 

Another bargaining session will take place TOMORROW Friday, September 6, beginning at 9 AM. Childcare will be available (see below).  We expect some critical issues will be addressed, including:

*Academic freedom

*Protections against arbitrary terminations

*Contract fairness for NTTFs

 

You make a difference.

 

We are at a crossroads. If we are to reach a fair and just contract soon, we need you. We need you to come to bargaining sessions – tomorrow, and _every_day_ negotiations are scheduled from this point forward. We need you to bring your colleagues. We need you to stand with your committed faculty bargaining team, who has worked tirelessly to negotiate benefits, standards and improvements that we will all enjoy.

Please take a moment to RSVP now and let us know that you will be there with us on Friday. As always, members of the UA organizing committee will be on hand to answer any questions you have about contract negotiations and our union, and to listen to your ideas and suggestions.

 

ATTEND BARGAINING: 

Friday, September 6, 9am-4PM, Knight Library 122

 

Childcare:

Childcare will be provided from 9-12 by faculty parents and families.  Please RSVP to info@uauoregon.org and let us know if you will need childcare.