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University of Oregon faculty union settles contract, gets pay raises; classified workers say they’re preparing to strike
Register Guard August 20th, 2015
The United Academics faculty union at the University of Oregon decided to keep its eyes on the prize of a better, donor-funded university — and so has tentatively settled a new three-year contract, well ahead of the start of school.
“It takes away a potentially contentious
issue as our new university president embarks on the important work of
raising some big bucks to support our academic mission,” said Michael
Dreiling, union president and associate professor of sociology.
In the meantime, negotiations with the
Service Employees International Union that represents the UO’s 1,700
classified workers are at an impasse — and resolution appears, for the
moment, out of reach.
The faculty contract, which will be up for a
ratification vote in early October, calls for a 3.5 percent total jump
in cost-of-living raises over the next three years and a $650 lump sum
payment to each full-time faculty member this November. Also, the UO
will set aside an additional amount of money, equal to 2.25 percent of
the total salary pool, to be distributed as merit raises in each of the
last two years.
This is the second contract negotiated by
United Academics, which formed at the university in 2013. The union
represents 1,800 tenured and nontenured faculty.