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U Oregon Chapter Announces Agreement

10/9/13 Update: Following more than 10 months of negotiations with the university, union members ratified a two-year contract which is now effective through June 30, 2015.

“This contract represents a major step for all UO faculty,” said Scott Pratt, Professor of Philosophy and  member of the United Academics bargaining team. “It recognizes the value of faculty by providing salary increases, and extends professional job protections and benefits to non-tenure-track educators. This is good for the university, for students and for Oregon.”


September 19, 2013
For more information, please contact Deborah Olson, Ron Bramhall,
or Susan Anderson at (541) 636-­‐4714.
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Faculty Union and University of Oregon Reach Tentative Agreement on Historic First Contract

Eugene, OR‐After 10 months of negotiations, United Academics, the union representing over 1,800 faculty and other academic employees at the University of Oregon, has reached a tentative agreement on a first contract with the UO Administration. Members of United Academics will hold a contract ratification vote on October 8.

“This agreement represents a major step forward for all faculty at the UO,” said Yvonne Braun, Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, and a member of the United Academics negotiating team. “It provides fair salary increases, strong job security protections, and a robust role for faculty in university governance.”

Highlights of the agreement include:

  • Average salary increase of 11.75% over the life of the 2 year agreement
  • The creation of a minimum salary for non tenure-‐track faculty
  •  Robust protection of academic freedom and free speech

Full details of the tentative agreement are forthcoming, and will be available on the union’s website:

“Fundamentally, this contract is about transparency and making policies enforceable at the University of Oregon,” noted Deborah Olson, an Instructor in Special Education and member of the United Academics negotiating team.  “We organized as a union because faculty at UO want a voice and a vote on the important policies the affect our work. This agreement achieves that.”

United Academics represents tenured, tenure‐track, non-tenure track, and adjunct faculty in addition to librarians, research assistants, post-docs, and other academic employees at UO. United Academics is a joint affiliate of the American Association of University Professors ( and the American Federation of Teachers ( In addition to UO, AAUP and AFT jointly represent faculty at the University of Alaska, the University of Vermont, Wayne State University, and City University New York (CUNY). 




Media Contact: 
Deborah Olson, Ron Bramhall, Susan Anderson
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013