Updated with union response to Geller at bottom
On March 13, members of the United Academics of the University of Oregon turned in signed union authorization cards — reportedly 1,100 cards from the 1,912-member faculty — to the Employment Relations Board, whose job it is to certify unions.
A Dog brings us the Admin response letter. My understanding is that because UO is a state agency, state law limits the admins ability to fight unionization. This response, therefore, is limited to objecting to the composition of the bargaining unit. Their objections seem pretty comprehensive:
This letter is signed by Randy Geller but was prepared with the help of Sharon Rudnick of Harrang, Long, Gary and Rudnick. UO General Counsel Randy Geller is still refusing to release the contracts and invoices for the assistance the UO administration has contracted regarding unionization. Pretty stupid Randy – the union organizers will presumably be able to use your intransigence – and possible violation of Oregon public records law – as evidence of management meddling in the petition process.
The union organizers have responded with a rare public statement, here:
On April 4th, the UO administration filed its objections to our proposed bargaining unit. The list of faculty they proposed excluding from the United Academics bargaining unit is extensive. Included in their objections are: tenure-related faculty; adjunct and affiliate faculty; postdoctoral scholars; research associates and fellows; emeritus and other retired faculty; visiting or guest faculty; and faculty of graduate and professional degree programs. Additionally, they seem intent on limiting the right of faculty to be part of a union by expanding the definition of a supervisor to include all Principal Investigators, Department Heads, Directors of Centers and Institutes, and all faculty who work with graduate fellows. These objections include most faculty at the UO.
It is clear from their objections that their goal is to delay the union certification process and to deny the majority of faculty the right to form a union. We remain confident that the bargaining unit for which we filed is appropriate and reflects the will of a majority of faculty.
As we prepare for the next stage of the certification process, it is important to stay informed. If you have questions, concerns, or comments, speak with your staff and organizers. This is also a good time to get more involved. We are not only working to build a union, but a strong union and a strong academic community.