Summary of Rights & Benefits: Achievements So Far, Vol. 1

Summary of Rights & Benefits: Achievements So Far, Vol. 1

 Our first Collective Bargaining Agreement gained many new rights for faculty, strengthened our benefits, and secured many of the rights we already had. Here some of the highlights from that Agreement:

  • academic freedom: the UO has one of the nations strongest academic freedom policies in the country [University Senate’s Academic Freedom policy and Article 5 of the CBA]
  • environment free of discrimination: you have the right to workplace free from discrimination [Article 14]
  • freedom from a hostile workplace: you have the right to an environment that is not hostile, intimidating, or abusive [Article 13]
  • salary: faculty salaries are listed on contracts and cannot be lowered. We secured an average of 11.75% raises over two years in the last contract, including across-the-board raises, merit raises, and equity increases [Articles 16 & 26]
  • salary floors: all NTTF have the right to minimum salaries [MOU on Salary Floors]
  • clear merit raise policy: all units must have a clear, enforceable, faculty-developed merit raise policy [Article 26]
  • protections against unjustified discipline: you have the right to only be disciplined for clear reasons through a fair and just process [Article 18]
  • grievance procedure: you have the right to enforce the CBA, university policy, and departmental practices [Article 22 & 23]
  • health benefits: faculty above .50FTE have the right to access full PEBB benefits [Article 27]
  • retirement benefits: faculty above .50FTE have the right to full PERS
  • clear assignments: all instructional faculty have the right to have their teaching, research, and service obligations clearly defined by FTE. Research faculty have the right to clear job descriptions [Article 17]
  • fair evaluation process: all faculty have the right to have clear criteria for evaluation based on your job description [Articles 19 & 20]
  • promotion: you have the right to a clear promotion process and clear criteria for promotion. The hated “up-or-out” process was ended for all NTTF, save Librarians [Article 19 & 20]
  • longer-term contracts for NTTF: Career NTTF now earn two-year contracts after 4 years and three-year contracts after promotion [Article 16]
  • promotion raises: all faculty receive an 8% raise to base salary upon promotion [Article 26]
  • sabbatical: Career NTTF and TTF have the right to take a sabbatical. A one-term sabbatical is paid at 100% of salary [Article 33]
  • faculty handbook: after many years without one, you will have a faculty handbook again [Article 7]
  • sick time: faculty with FTEs greater than .50 have the right to paid sick time [Article 32]
  • paid family leave: faculty with FTEs greater than .50 have right to paid family leave [Article 32]
  • modification of duties after family leave: faculty who take family leave have the right to a modification of duties in the term they return to work [Article 32]
  • retirement: you have the retirement rights through the tenure reduction process [Article 31]
  • tuition waivers: faculty receive a second tuition waiver discount to attend the UO [Article 28]
  • reclassification: non-tenure-track faculty have the right to petition for reclassification if they feel their job is not accurately classified [Article 15]