Join the Union
If you’re not a current member, we hope you’re considering membership. As a member you ensure your voice is heard.In addition, you gain the right to vote on our constitution, bylaws, and dues rate; to ratify collective bargaining agreements (contracts); to run for office; and to vote in officer elections. Paying your dues (1.1%) keeps UA a well-functioning and viable organization. Click the button below to become a member.
1. Keep United Academics strong
UA is a strong union with a good contract because faculty join the union. Members keep the union strong through their participation and dues dollars. We know we speak for the faculty because we are a member-run union. Your membership is vital.
2. Gain a stronger voice
United Academics works closely and cooperatively with the University Senate and Administration to find creative solutions to the challenges facing our university. Membership in the union allows you the opportunity to participate in these conversations.
3. Protect your rights
As a union, we work together to stand up for our rights. We all deserve clear expectations, fair treatment, and an environment free from discrimination and harassment. Our grievance procedure establishes a clearly written, progressive policy, and our grievance committee members solve cases quickly and confidentially.
4. 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. We have greatly expanded job security for Career faculty.
5. 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.
Join a Committee
The United Academics Constitution and Bylaws establishes six 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.
Join a Caucus
The UA LGBTQ* Caucus aims to foster connection and solidarity among faculty from across campus who care about workplace and social issues related to gender identity and sexual orientation. It also works to support a sense of community across campus and across employee classifications by organizing events with other queer employee associations. It was formed in spring 2016 at the 19th Street Cafe with some beers and good conversation.
The Faculty of Color Caucus seeks to build on the legacy of a faculty-led initiative from before the days of the UA, the Faculty and Staff of Color Coalition. The caucus understands its constituency expansively. It is a forum for faculty who care about issues of equity, inclusion, and diversity in the workplace and off campus. Members come together regularly throughout the year for social events and to share experiences, concerns, and advice.
The Working Families Caucus formed in response to concerns about the University of Oregon’s family and parental leave policies, as well as other concerns of working family members, like childcare. As we approach another round of bargaining, participation in this caucus’s meetings will be vital for ensuring our union pushes for policies in the next contract that really meet the needs of our members.
If you are interested in participating in any of the caucuses above or have an idea for another caucus or association you would like to see exist within United Academics, please do not hesitate to contact the office or Michael Hames-Garcia.