Bargaining Updates: United Academics

The University of Oregon and United Academics (UA) have begun the collective bargaining process for a new contract. Negotiations are expected to continue at least through the spring term. The current contract expires on June 30, 2020.

United Academics represented university faculty, which includes tenure-track and career faculty. The university greatly values the mission-critical work our faculty contribute in support of our academic and research pursuits. As a comprehensive public research university committed to exceptional teaching, discovery, and service, it is our goal to recruit and retain world-renown faculty that make our institute successful and competitive now and in the future.

University negotiations with United Academics are based on the following principles:

  • Commitment to faculty support and recognition
    Recognize and support faculty and their roles related to student education, experience, and research. Provide fair and competitive compensation and benefits to attract and retain faculty.
  • Equity, diversity, and inclusion
    Promote equity, diversity, and inclusion through intentional efforts and fair participation.
  • Responsible stewardship of public funds and tuition dollars
    Be good stewards of tuition and taxpayer dollars by allocating resources responsibly.
  • Commitment of good faith
    Work in good faith throughout the negotiation process to achieve an agreement that best meets the needs of our faculty and the entire university. Create a space during negotiations for open, collaborative and interest-based conversations and creative solutions
  • Respect
    Respect the role and the rights of each party during these negotiations, as well as the role of other stakeholders on campus.
  • Informative
    Provide factual information and periodic updates to keep key stakeholders apprised, engaged, and informed.

Information and Updates

Keeping the campus community informed during on-going negotiations with United Academics is a priority. Updates on the bargaining process will be published as information becomes available.

Questions and requests for additional information should be directed to the bargaining team in Employee and Labor Relations at uoelr@uoregon.edu.

Update: January 30, 2020

The University of Oregon and United Academics began bargaining a new collective bargaining agreement on January 9. After three sessions, UA has proposed changes to 16 existing articles and introduced nine new articles. United Academics estimates that their opening economic proposals, which include salary, benefits, child care support, parental leave, professional development, student support, and parking, will cost an additional $40 million over the term of a three-year contract. More proposals are expected in the weeks ahead.

The university’s bargaining team has responded with a few counter proposals. They will continue to present proposals through the end of February that reflect responsibility to:

  • remaining a good steward of student tuition and taxpayer dollars, and
  • making proposals consistent with the reality of the university’s current and future economic situation.

The UO bargaining team’s costing committee is currently analyzing the proposals for economic impact. More information is expected toward mid-February.

Weekly bargaining sessions will continue through the winter and spring terms.