UO and UA reach agreement on a new Memorandum of Understanding
Like many of the university’s functions, bargaining between the university and UA has been impacted by COVID-19 and the related stay-at-home-orders. Not only did COVID-19 impact the parties’ bargaining process, it impacted the university’s ability to predict and understand its state appropriations and enrollment position next year. State appropriations and tuition are the university’s two biggest sources of revenue. Decreases to those two sources significantly impact the university’s financial position.
Given those uncertainties, the parties have been working over the last month on possible solutions, including discussions regarding a progressive pay reduction plan and an extension of the collective bargaining agreement.
We are pleased to announce that the University of Oregon and United Academics have agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that provides for a one-year extension of the parties’ collective bargaining agreement and a one-year extension of the career faculty contracts that are up for renewal this May. We thank our faculty and the union for voting to support this agreement and for their partnership throughout this process.
Limited Negotiations Begin
The university and United Academics begin limited negotiations on June 26. While limited, these negotiations focus on critically important issues that will help address future uncertainties. The university’s bargaining team looks forward to hearing the union's concerns and identifying a shared path forward.
Topics for discussion include career FTE issued under the last memorandum of understanding between the parties, career employment, the tenure reduction program, and a progressive pay reduction plan. For reference, a progressive pay reduction plan was previously proposed by the university in April. The first session will address high-level principles with both parties providing their input and thoughts on these important issues.
The University of Oregon and United Academics (UA) will resume the collective bargaining process for a new contract during the winter term. Negotiations are expected to continue at least through the spring term. The current contract was extended by by one year. It expires on June 30, 2021.
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 the role and the rights of each party during these negotiations, as well as the role of other stakeholders on campus.
Provide factual information and periodic updates to keep key stakeholders apprised, engaged, and informed.