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Welcome to United Academics! By joining your union, you are strengthening our collective voice and ability to enact positive change for our colleagues and our students.

Once you’ve filled out the form linked below, our staff organizer Heather will confirm your intent via email. Dues are 1.1% of salary and are deducted monthly, typically starting the first paycheck after joining.

If you were previously a member of the union and are rejoining the bargaining unit (for instance, after being department head) you do not need to re-join.

General Membership Meetings

Even if you don't have time to serve, you can stay informed by attending our regular membership meetings.

Get Involved ...

There are lots of ways to make a difference in our community. United Academics offers opportunities to work with other good people doing good things.

We have three standing caucuses—some meet to solve issues, others meet to find community—which get together quarterly.

We have faculty representatives, stewards, committees, and bargaining teams. There's always something to do around here! (Even if "here" means via Zoom).

 

Bargaining

 

We're bargaining a new Collective Bargaining Agreement this Winter.

Caucuses

 

Find your community here!

Stewards & Representatives

Share what's happening in your unit by becoming a steward or rep!

Stewards

Stewards serve in a voluntary capacity. Each department/unit may select at least one steward. An important piece of being a good steward is to listen to your colleagues and share any concerns with union leadership or staff. It is also possible that a colleague may ask you to accompany them to a meeting. Additional information about being a steward can be found here in the Bylaws of United Academics.

Representatives

Representatives (reps) are elected to 2-year terms and have the authority to vote on union business, including approval of the budget and any changes tothe Constitution or other internal policies. Representative positions are allotted on the basis of employment classification and by college or school. Representatives also serve as stewards for their department or unit.

Representative Assembly

Representatives and stewards constitute the Representative Assembly. The Representative Assembly meets twice per term to discuss workplace and organizational concerns, as well as the strategic direction of our union.

Want to learn more? Email Heather!

Meet the Chair of the Representative Assembly

Debbie Green

Chair of the Representative Assembly

What's your current rank? Greenberg Associate Professor of Hebrew Language and Literature
Where do you work? Department Religious Studies and the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies
How long have you been at UO? 16 years
Why did you want to be on the team? The union protects faculty and gives voice to our collective values. As a member of United Academics, I am committed to ensuring that my colleagues are treated with the respect they deserve and to helping the university solve problems that impede student and faculty success. I have served on the bargaining team twice before, and I hope that my experience will help the team as it negotiates a new contract. In my previous career, I worked for national employee benefit and compensation consulting firms. I have found that this knowledge has been valuable as we discuss relevant issues at the table.
Where did you go on your last vacation? Los Angeles – Thanksgiving with my family.

OMCAT

Organizing and Membership focuses on maintaining a strong membership in the union and organizing events such as General Membership Meetings (GMMs) and the Representative Assembly.

The CAT focuses on engaging and communicating with faculty throughout the bargaining process. We talk with faculty and keep them informed about what’s happening at the table, and relay member concerns back to the negotiating team. We develop messaging and plan campaigns and actions (think slogans, posters, buttons, rallies). CAT members increase faculty participation in bargaining by turning colleagues out to sessions and recruiting new activists, stewards/reps, and CAT members.

Because the work between the two committees overlap, we have joined forces and now we are the OMCAT! (Meow.)