I’m writing to ask that you join me in signing a petition in support of the UO´s crucial Labor Education and Research Center. Many of you are longtime friends and supporters of LERC; others have collaborated with LERC faculty and know how the UO benefits from having a Labor Center among its departments. For those of you who don’t know LERC well, please see the attached fact sheet for more information about its vital contributions.
In the current round of proposed budget cuts, LERC has been targeted for a large and disproportionate cut. The UO is proposing a 68% cut in its funding for LERC – an amount that could eliminate half the department’s faculty.
It’s possible that cuts will be made across the campus. But I hope you´ll agree that LERC should not be cut more than other departments. That´s the essence of
this petition – asking the UO to guarantee that LERC´s sacrifice will be in proportion to that of other departments that make up the University´s core mission. As a longtime supporter of the labor center, I can attest that both the university and community benefit from its activities.
Please join me in voicing support for LERC by adding your name to the petition here:.
Professor of Political Science