March 14, 2012
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University of Oregon Faculty File Cards with Majority Support for New Union
Faculty members at the University of Oregon have moved one step closer to forming a union. Yesterday, union authorization cards signed by a clear majority of faculty were filed with the state Employment Relations Board (ERB).
The United Academics of the University of Oregon seeks to restore the voice of faculty in the university’s educational and research priorities. “We look forward to a cooperative and productive relationship with the University administration, based on a collaborative approach to meeting the needs of our students,” said Michael Dreiling, Associate Professor of Sociology.
“Enrollment at the UO has grown by 4,000 students during the last five years, but support for instruction has not kept pace, resulting in dramatic increases in class sizes,” said Deborah Olson, Instructor in the Department of Education. “One goal of our new union will be to restore budgetary alignment with the university’s core missions of teaching, research, and service to the state of Oregon,” said Karen McPherson, Associate Professor of Romance Languages.
The United Academics of the University of Oregon includes tenure-track, non-tenure-track, and research faculty. In addition to a solid overall majority of UO faculty, the union authorization cards presented to the state ERB yesterday include majorities in all three classifications of faculty represented. “We are joining together as colleagues to help make our great university even better,” said Tina Boscha, Instructor of Composition.
Faculty members who signed authorization cards have selected affiliation with both the American Association of University Professors and the American Federation of Teachers. The union will be formally certified once the Board confirms that the signed cards represent a majority of the UO faculty.
“United Academics is working to strengthen the quality of education and research at the University because faculty working conditions are UO students’ learning conditions,” said Scott Pratt, Professor of Philosophy.