Faculty Union Ratifies Contract at U of Oregon

… Multi-year raises, contracts, and University to cover possible pension cost increases

With the ratification of a contract at the University of Oregon, a faculty union has been formed at another major state university, indicating a growing trend across the United States. As we reported last month, the contract includes an average 12 percent raise for faculty over a three year period. Faculty will gain six additional weeks of paid family leave. If both parents are faculty, then they are each eligible for family leave, and modified duties. (At UIUC, only one parent is eligible.)   There is are provisions protecting faculty against pension cost-shifting, too.  The university currently pays the 6% employee contribution to the retirement plan. Under the union contract,  if the state outlaws that practice, then the university will raise faculty salaries by the same amount.

The contract covers some 1800 tenured, tenure-track faculty, and non-tenure-track faculty. In addition to raises and leave provisions, it sets a salary floor for non-tenure track faculty working full-time, and offers increased job security and multi-year contracts for non-tenure-track faculty, and continues to pay 95 percent of family health insurance premiums for those working at least half-time.

The contract ratification at U of Oregon shows there are significant gains to be won for committed faculty who fight for a union!


The Oregon contract highlights are at


Published by Susan Davis

I teach in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois.

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