You will boost your unit’s weight in the union’s council of delegates and get a vote on the constitution, leadership, dues, and bargaining agreement.
My guess is that dues will be a bit above 1% of salary. Members don’t pay any dues until the union signs a contract with the administration, and then it is very likely that contract – like most in Oregon – will include an anti-freeriding “fair share” clause that will mean that non-members will pay 70-90% of the dues that members pay – but without the vote. So the marginal cost of being a member rather than paying fair share will be low.
In my department only one faculty member signed the card-check card. All but 3 have signed the union-membership cards. I’m no economist, but at this point I think it’s the rational choice. If you want a membership card email me.
From the Union website:
… More specifically, in negotiations we will focus on attaining a contract that:
- Enables UO to recruit and retain high quality faculty by establishing competitive salaries, stable working conditions, and access to benefits for all faculty
- Provides for meaningful faculty voice in the creation and implementation of transparent, enforceable policies related to evaluation, promotion, and workload
- Supports excellence and innovation in research and education, beginning with adequate facilities and manageable class sizes