Get Involved

Join the Union

You can join the union by stopping by the office and filling out a union card, asking your steward for a membership card, or filling out this form and mailing it into the office. Once you join, you will receive a welcome packet with more information about union benefits.

top 5 reasons1. Gain a strong voice
United Academics works closely and cooperatively with the University Senate and the Administration to find creative solutions to the challenges facing our university. Membership in the union allows you the opportunity to participate in these conversations.

2. Protect your rights
As a union, we all deserve clear expectations, fair treatment, and an environment free from discrimination and harassment. Our grievance procedure establishes a clearly written, progressive policy. Our grievance committee members solve issues quickly and confidentially.

3. Guarantee working conditions
The United Academics contract is a legally binding document that determines raises, cost of living adjustments, a grievance procedure, benefits including health insurance, and job protection for all faculty at the UO. Because of the union, faculty have received raises every year since we have formed, and we have guaranteed cost of living adjustments and merit pools for the next three years.

4. Advocate for public education
As part of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the American Associate of University Professors (AAUP), we directly support efforts across the state of Oregon and nationwide to uphold public education and academic freedom. We stand in solidarity with thousands of other teachers and public workers in Oregon who lobby for legislation that benefits workers and all the citizens of Oregon. Joining the union strengthens these efforts.

5. Participate in your union
Only full members of United Academics may attend membership meetings, set bargaining priorities, and vote on contract ratification and in internal elections.

Join a Committee

The United Academics Constitution and Bylaws establishes eight standing committees, chaired by members of the Executive Council. All full members of United Academics are encouraged to participate on the committees. If you are interested in participating, click on the appropriate committee below, learn more and email the chair of the committee for information on how to get involved.


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Would you like to help your colleagues? We are always looking for new faculty to get involved. Click on the button on the right and we'll put you in touch with someone who can let you know the expectations, the usual issues, and how you can get involved.

Join a Caucus

Gay logoThe UA LBGTQ* Caucus is just starting to be formed. We met on June 6 at the 19th Street Cafe for some beers and good conversation.

We plan to have more events in the 2016-17 academic year. If you are interested in joining us, please to not hesitate to contact the office for more information and keep checking the LGBTQ* Caucus page for more information.



get activeThe Activist Caucus is set to come together in the 2016-17 academic year. The Activist Caucus will be gathering to tackle the big projects we need to get done quickly. Check the Activist Caucus page for more information about days and times of get togethers and how you can become more involved.

Run for Office

Represent your colleagues on the Representative Assembly. All seats labeled "Vacant" are open and can be filled thought appointment. If you are eligible for an open seat and interested in serving, please contact President Dreiling.