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, please email the chair of the committee for information on how to get involved.
COLLECTIVE BARGAINING COMMITTEE
GRIEVANCE AND CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE
- Fields requests by UA members to investigation suspected violations of the CBA by the University of Oregon
- Connects members with stewards who can represent members and investigate suspected violations of the CBA
- Helps members secure due process in CBA-related investigations and a fair and impartial hearing by relevant University personnel
- Interprets the CBA with respect to cases that come before the Committee
- Recommends next steps in the grievance process based on a review of the case
- Proposes amendments to the CBA to better serve members with grievance and contract administration
FINANCE AND BUDGET COMMITTEE
As always, we are committed to making education in this state and on our campus equitable, especially for those with limited access to resources and opportunities. We will continue to support K-12 initiatives that support teachers and students, ultimately giving young people an opportunity for higher education that won’t be a financial burden that weighs heavily against the benefits of higher ed.
Of course these dreams require action, and not always direct. For example, this election season we must consider the specific challenges that impact our communities. How could we ever imagine growing the diversity of our faculty and staff in a state where de facto and de jure racial profiling could become all too real for people of color in this state (No on 105)? How could we say we support the women of our University if Measure 106 would drastically cut health care for women (No on 106)? And back locally, we cannot forget (or wish away) our institution’s long history of systemic and institutional power whereby marginalized groups have been and will continue to be under-represented, under-resourced, and under-valued, despite and because of our commitments to both excellence and diversity.
And as for more direct action, we are continually vigilant on finding ways to bring faculty and student interests forefront in the minds and decisions of our Board of Trustees, as well as fighting for an honest, open, and equitable relationship with the UO Foundation. The long-term engagement with PERS must also continue if we want our University to actually be a home for our current and future generations of scholars.
Especially after the Janus v. AFSCME decision, we are particularly excited that our membership has grown. We hope to strengthen our community even more by forging stronger and new connections with our students, community groups, and of course, all of you faculty.
Eleanor Wakefield is an instructor in the English department and composition program. She began teaching at the UO in 2010 as a graduate student in English, continuing as a pro tem and now career instructor. During her time as a graduate student and employee, she acted as a steward and VP of Grievances for the GTFF. She has also served a steward from English for UA and chair of the Representative Assembly. Her scholarly work is on poetry and poetics, especially 19th and 20th century American formal verse.