We have great news to report! Yesterday, faculty at both the Oregon Institute of Technology and Oregon State University moved to form unions affiliated with the AAUP. With this, faculty at all public universities in the state have joined together in unions in an effort to protect quality higher education and strengthen teaching, learning, and research. It’s a powerful movement and an important counter to widespread attacks on academics, education, and public institutions.
Faculty unions, nonunionized AAUP chapters, and faculty senates are crucial vehicles for democracy in the academic workplace. They champion academic freedom, advance shared governance, and promote economic security for all who teach and conduct research in higher education.
That’s why we help organize and protect the faculty voice, and why we’re proud to see our ranks growing in Oregon. The new AAUP union chapter at Oregon Tech will represent 180 full-time faculty members, on and off the tenure track. The faculty aims to strengthen shared governance and to establish a legally enforceable contract with respect to working conditions, pay, and benefits.
United Academics of Oregon State University will be comprised of more than 2,400 members. As a faculty union jointly affiliated with the AAUP and the American Federation of Teachers, United Academics seeks to strengthen shared governance, improve working conditions, and create the best possible environment for teaching, learning, research, and outreach.