AFT-Oregon Delegate Election Results March 10, 2015

In accordance with the UAUO Constitution and Bylaws, the election for delegates representing our union at the AFT-Oregon Convention is now closed.  The elected delegates serve to give the union a voice at meetings of the state and national unions with which we are affiliated.

United Academics agreed to pay for Top 8 vote-getters. Below are those results.

  1. Gina Psaki
  2. Michael Dreiling
  3. Juanita Devereaux
  4. Karen Creighton
  5. Bruce Evans
  6. Holly Paddock
  7. Matthew Loewen
  8. Frank Veltri

A full list of the election results with the number of votes cast for each of the delegates is available for review in the United Academics office.

Bargaining Update — March 9, 2015

BARGAINING UPDATE

Bargaining resumes between United Academics and the university administration on Thursday 12 March, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., in the Knight Library Collaboration Center, Room 122. It had been previously announced that the university administration’s team would present their proposal on economics at the next session; this is, however, no longer the case. We will inform you as soon as we know when the administration expects to present its counter-proposal. In the meantime, please attend our bargaining sessions. There is much more than economics at stake.

The CAS Workload Policy Debacle

As most colleagues have heard by now, the College of Arts and Sciences deans are attempting to abuse the existing process for developing workload policies, which the CBA places squarely in the departments and units, to impose “standardized” and “regularized” workloads for non-tenure-track faculty.

For career NTT faculty, the deans “affirmed” a “standard”* workload of nine courses per year in the Humanities and Social Sciences, plus .1 FTE service, for a full-time appointment. In the Natural Sciences, the deans decreed a six-course load, plus .1 FTE for service. In all three divisions, adjuncts with a full-time appointment would have to teach an additional course, i.e., ten courses in the Humanities and Social Sciences, seven in the Natural Sciences.

The deans have justified this unilateral policy by claiming that five comparator universities currently have workloads similar to CAS’s new annual course load. Recently, Academic Affairs shared the CAS research with us and we were given permission to disseminate the data. This is what they sent:

NTT Workload Spreadsheet

These “data,” however, do not support the proposition that nine course is a standard load for our comparators in the Humanities and Social Sciences, nor is six courses a standard load in the Natural Sciences. The data are incomplete; the sample is small and highly selective; nor does it consider exceptions, such as course releases, in granular detail. Despite even these flaws, the data describe a wide variation: some of the universities chosen by the deans for comparison require nine courses of their non-tenure-track faculty, others don’t; some of those universities have a standard load across all three divisions, but others don’t; some universities standardize, most don’t. The general picture is one of variety, not uniformity. There is no obvious pattern, and to suggest otherwise is misleading at best.

Chris Newfield, “The Price of Privatization”

On Thursday, February 26, Christopher Newfield, Professor of English at UC-Santa Barbara, presented “The Price of Privatization: Faculty Governance — How it Can Be Rebuilt.” Newfield’s lecture was sponsored by United Academics and the Department of Political Science. For a full report, click here.

College of Education Town Hall

On Friday afternoon, March 6, fifteen tenure-track, research, and instructional NTT faculty from the College of Education met with their United Academics assembly representatives and stewards. For a full report, click here.

 

*The workload CAS set for the Department of Mathematics is eleven and the workload for Instructional Track professors in the American English Institute is 13.5.
Source: Email correspondence between Bruce Blonigen and the associate deans in the College of Arts and Sciences at these comparator institutions during fall 2014, with the exception of UC Santa Barbara, which comes from a published policy to the effect that “at UCSB the normal teaching load for lecturers in the SOE [i.e., security of employment] series is three courses per quarter or an appropriate equivalent.”

Statement on Faculty Workloads

Should every unit in the College of Arts and Sciences have the same teaching load?

No. Of course not. And yet, over the past few weeks, the associate deans in CAS have edited and returned policies, crafted at the departmental level in thoughtful consultation with faculty of all ranks, to establish the professional responsibilities—or workload—for our non-tenure-track colleagues. They show every sign of rolling out a similar plan for tenure track faculty. The deans have disregarded the nuance of faculty input and imposed uniform policies on the departments instead. In particular, the CAS deans have sought to compel all departments and units in the Humanities and Social Sciences divisions to accept a one-size-fits-all, nine-course workload for career non-tenure-track faculty and a ten-course workload for adjunct faculty. For departments and units in the Natural Sciences division, the CAS deans have decreed an across-the-board six-course load for NTT faculty. We do not yet know why the CAS deans think that standard NTT workloads should be higher in some divisions than others.

Nothing in the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) requires uniform workloads, either for tenure-track or non-tenure-track faculty. In some of their first discussions about unionization, the members of United Academics agreed on the fundamental principle that any bargaining agreement should honor and respect the rich diversity of disciplines and pedagogies that make any university, including the University of Oregon, an environment of lively intellectual exchange and learning. We recognized at the outset that the content and demands of teaching, as well as it balance with research and service, vary enormously across campus, and that any attempt to enforce a uniform standard would flatten and homogenize that rich diversity. This spirit is what we bargained. The CBA says workload policies should be faculty-developed at the unit level. Unfortunately, it appears that the CAS deans have decided to ignore not only the spirit of the CBA, but also the diversity that makes us the University of Oregon

What can you do?

  • Support United Academics’ bargaining team: at the Thursday, February 26, session, your bargaining team will propose new language for the “Salary” article in the CBA, that will require any increase in workload to be matched by a corresponding increase in salary. Bargaining will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Ford Alumni Center, Room 403.
  • Express your views to Provost Frances Bronet and to the Vice-Provosts for Academic Affairs, Doug Blandy and Barbara Altman: By undoing the work of implementation and faculty consultation, the interventions by CAS violate basic principles of shared governance—principles that both the administration and the union agreed to in our CBA.
  • Get involved! United Academics is only as strong as its members are engaged. As a first step: attend United Academics’ General Membership Meeting on March 3, 2015, in Gerlinger Hall, 5:00-7:00. You can also volunteer to serve as a United Academics steward in your department or unit: call Kristy at 541-686-4714 or email at info@uauoregon.org.

 

UPDATE: This statement has been revised to reflect new information about workload policies in the Natural Sciences.

5 reasons to be proud that you are a United Academics member

 

What a year it has been for our union! Our unionization effort and first contract continues to attract national attention and acclaim. There are many reasons to be proud that you are a UA member. Here are just a few:

5. Winning the job protections we need

Our historic contract provides all faculty with a transparent process for filing a grievance when the administration has violated a section of the agreement, protecting our rights in the tenure and promotion process, in the implementation of raises, and in many other provisions.

4. Your voice counts

With allies across campus, we’ve helped win one of the strongest academic freedom policies in the country, protecting the free speech rights of faculty, staff, and students.  And in every unit on campus, faculty have ratified and reshaped governance policies.

3. Raises, finally

Together, we’ve won significant raises averaging 11.75% for the life of the contract, balanced across merit, equity, and across the board increases. And a new salary floor for the lowest paid full-time faculty has raised the salary of some 240 faculty an average of 11.81%, including back pay averaging $3,180. 

2. A new day for NTT faculty

Against every trend in higher education, our contract has transformed conditions for many NTT faculty on campus: Some 300 NTT faculty have been reclassified to career positions, promising greater job security, better pay, opportunities for professional advancement, promotion, and eligibility for sabbatical.

1. Forward Together

The UO is clearly at a crossroads. We have a new board of trustees. We’ve seen ongoing changes in leadership at many levels. And the challenges to higher education in general continue to mount. Together, we can shape those changes in the best interests of faculty, students, and our campus.

 

Link to President’s Report

General Membership Meeting

All full members of United Academics are invited to the first General Membership Meeting.

Tuesday, May 13
Gerlinger Lounge
5-6 is the social hour, with dinner, drinks, music, and conversation.
6-8 is the business portion of the meeting.

If you plan to come, please fill out the RSVP and survey.

It’s time for us now to celebrate our successes and take stock of the future–and we need you to be there.

On May 13th, from 5 to 8 PM in Gerlinger Lounge, United Academics members from across campus will join in a Victory Celebration and General Membership Meeting.

To celebrate, there will be music, food, drink, and the opportunity to get to know fellow union members whom you stood together with this year.  We also need your ideas as United Academics prepares for the next round of bargaining that begins this December.

UAUO GMM flyer 2