Oregon’s flagship university now unionized, as ERB certifies UAOSU

The SCOTUS be damned. 75% of UO’s tenure-track faculty are now full voting members of UAUO. And as of today all of Oregon’s 7 public universities have unionized faculty, including what some call Oregon’s flagship university. Union website here. I never believed that more than 50% of the faculty of what is primarily an Ag and engineering school would sign union cards, but I was wrong:

Supreme Court rules Trump can’t collect taxes from Democrats

“The federal government may no longer extract taxes from nonconsenting citizens”, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. wrote for the majority. “This procedure violates the First Amendment and cannot continue. Citizens cannot be compelled to pay to support political speech with which they disagree.”

Whoops, the SCOTUS decision was actually about union’s collecting fees from non-members, not governments collecting taxes. Apparently the court doesn’t think the government should have competition.

UO’s United Academics faculty union has a statement on the SCOTUS’s Janus decision here:

The Janus decision and United Academics

Earlier this morning, the Supreme Court ruled on the Janus v. AFSCME case, deciding that public employee unions cannot collect “fair share” fees from people who have not joined the union as full members.

These fees have, historically, been considered both constitutional and necessary to avoid the problem of “free-riding” by people who receive the benefits of the collective bargaining agreement, but do not voluntarily contribute to the costs of bargaining and maintaining the contract.

As of today, public employees who have not signed union cards will still be represented by their union, but will not contribute to keeping their union stable and strong.

The Janus decision is the culmination of a years-long campaign by right-wing interests to attack public employee unions. One common take in the media over the next few days will certainly be that the decision is the death knell of public employee unions. While the decision will certainly harm our ability to use our collective voice to influence local and national political policies – which is the point of the attack – our local union is still strong.

The Janus decision does not change your status as a member of United Academics. You are still a member of your union. You do not need to do anything to remain a member of UA. Our collective bargaining agreement remains in force. This decision does not impact your rights through the CBA. And our union is still our voice on campus. The Supreme Court’s decision does not impact or change our relationship with the administration.

The majority of faculty are members of United Academics, and that does not change with today’s ruling. More than 67% of all eligible faculty have joined UA as full members.
• 75% of tenure-track and tenured faculty are full members of UA
• 76% of career instructors are full members of UA
• 65% of career researchers are full members of UA

The strength of our union derives from the full and active participation of the faculty. It has made us effective in the bargaining room, resulting in a contract that is a model for research faculty unions across the country. We plan to carry our strength and the history of success to the bargaining table in 2019.

Because the Janus decision a key goal of a right-wing campaign of attack on public employee unions, we expect those attacks to heighten in the aftermath of the decision. This summer, you may be contacted by a group calling themselves the Freedom Foundation or Concerned Citizens for Responsible Unions or some other obfuscating name. These well-funded groups contact union members and try to talk them out of union membership. They have a variety of techniques and stories that paint “unions” as distant organizations that harm workplace relations. If you are contacted by one of these organizations, we ask you to do two things. One, remember that you are a member of United Academics and recall what you and your colleagues, united in UA, have achieved for the faculty and our campus. Two, contact the union office – call 541-636-4714 or reply to this email and let Dave Cecil know.

The leadership of United Academics will be working with our fellow unionists on campus, in Oregon, and across the country to coordinate our pushback against these attacks. When Michigan became a right-to-work state in 2013, union membership actually increased; we can do the same here in Oregon. You can help by remaining involved with United Academics, or becoming active if you have not already. Committing to becoming a steward, joining a working committee, and/or coming to union meetings are all small steps you can take to fight back against those who would make our country and our campus worse.

For more information on how to get involved, check out the webpage http://uauoregon.org/get-involved/ or contact the office 541-636-4714.

Springfield city council ends jail contract with ICE

Congratulations to the good people of Springfield. Elon Glucklich in the RG:

… The council voted unanimously Monday evening to end the ICE contract with the Springfield Police Department. Since 2012, the contract has allowed ICE to rent up to five of its 100 municipal jail beds at a time for inmates transferred there from other ICE detention centers, including those accused only of being in the country illegally.

.. Several [speakers] said they or their family members were undocumented and risked deportation each time they went to the store or dropped a child off at school.

“It’s still a fear for a lot of community members, people who are undocumented and for children,” Springfield resident Ana Molina said. “Especially when their parents go off to work hear and hear ICE is in town. The fear is still there.”

… Councilors then voted to end the contract.

The proposal before the council was to amend the contract to allow “only the housing of ICE detainees charged with felonies or serious misdemeanors, or with such a criminal history.” But Springfield no longer trusts the federal government to make those judgements – and why would they – so they cancelled it all.

Southern Oregon couple donate $10M to academic side

For the Knight Campus. From Around the O:

The DeArmonds have been avid donors to the university for years. In 2005, their leadership challenge gift helped launch the fundraising effort for construction of the MarAbel B. Frohnmayer Music Building, inspiring Lorry I. Lokey and other donors to contribute.

The building opened in 2009, and its academic wing is named in honor of Leona DeArmond. So is one of the school’s four world-class Steinway grand pianos, a gift to the UO from Bob, to surprise Leona on her birthday.

Historic Hayward Field teardown begins by ripping apart roof timbers, as Klinger explains “salvage” plans

Update: From the RG, here:

UO spokesman Tobin Klinger described the work being done Friday as the “pre-construction process,” part of preparing the site for a new stadium.

“There are a couple of earth-movers that are doing the removal in a way that is intended to allow us to continue to salvage materials as we go through this process, for future use,” Klinger said.

It’s not cheap to find a man willing to say things like this – though I’m not sure why UO is paying Mr. Klinger to carry water for Paul Weinhold’s UO Foundation:

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Video of the UO Foundation “continuing to salvage materials … for future use”, from a helpful commenter:

Duck’s Eric Roedl & UOPD Chief Carmichael want more drinking time for Duck tailgaters

The RG’s Maggie Vinoni reports here:

… UO Deputy Athletic Director Eric Roedl said that out-of-town fans would benefit from having more time to enjoy pregame festivities.

“Sixty percent of our current football season ticket base comes from beyond Lane, Linn and Benton counties,” Roedl said. “Which means they are driving a significant distance, often three to four hours round trip, to come to Oregon football games. So, it’s truly an all-day commitment to come.”

During a public hearing on Monday evening, City Councilors raised concerns about the additional cost of extending hours to lot operators, and whether the increased time for alcohol consumption would lead to excessive drinking.

But UO Police Chief Matthew Carmichael told city councilors that people may drink less alcohol before games if they are given more time do so.

“It’s been my experience that by extending the time doesn’t increase the amount of alcohol one person consumes,” he said. “There are some arguments that say it would actually reduce that rush-feel to want to drink more in a short period of time.” …

What could go wrong? Oh, right:

College party culture and sexual assault

Jason M Lindo, Peter Siminski, Isaac D Swensen

2018/1,  American Economic Journal: Applied Economics

This paper considers the degree to which events that intensify partying increase sexual
assault. Estimates are based on panel data from campus and local law enforcement
agencies and an identification strategy that exploits plausibly random variation in the timing
of Division 1 football games. The estimates indicate that these events increase daily reports
of rape with 17–24-year-old victims by 28 percent. The effects are driven largely by 17–24-
year-old offenders and by offenders unknown to the victim, but we also find significant effects
on incidents involving offenders of other ages and on incidents involving offenders known to
the victim.(JEL I23, J16, K42, Z13)

Hayward teardown vigil starts Tu at 2PM, DOJ still vetting Lananna deal

Update: A press release, explaining that city officials will be present to discuss the arborcide.

Contact:
Michael Carrigan 541-844-4677
Jim Watson 541-520-8942
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Tuesday, June 19
Protesters To Gather at Hayward Field East Grandstand Tuesday

Community members will hold a vigil at 2:00 PM Tuesday to protest the imminent destruction of Hayward Field’s historic East Grandstand. The group, calling itself Save Hayward Magic, objects to the removal of all structures and trees on the Hayward site, and rejects the uncovered stadium proposed as a replacement. Responsibility for upgrading Hayward Field to meet the requirements of the 2021 World Games lies with a private company, Phit, LLC, an instrument of Nike founder Phil Knight.

Those picketing Tuesday say they want the East Grandstand saved because it provides important features not present in the completely replaced stadium first revealed by Phit LLC in April this year. They support the previous model for the site prepared by Nike designer Tinker Hatfield. That design included the East Grandstand in a plan to provide a flexible number of seats for different Hayward events.

The Save Hayward Magic group cites cover from rain, shading from sun, and fan interaction with the athletes as reasons to keep the historic structure. If the wooden structure is torn down over exaggerated fears of dryrot, they say they will continue to advocate for a stadium that includes the fan-friendly features. They say a replica of the 1925 design could be built at an affordable cost using materials already salvaged from the original.

The Save Hayward Magic group was formed by community members who attended meetings called by East Grandstand Supporters. The East Grandstand group has focused its efforts on presenting a legal challenge to the demolition. Save Hayward Magic wants the University of Oregon to pull back its authorization for Phit LLC to construct an enclosed stadium on the site of an existing University facility. They say financing problems with the Matt Knight arena, also managed by the Nike group, demonstrate how the new track venue could be forced to become a multi-purpose facility that draws significantly more traffic to the east campus area. Planning for the new facility bypassed both the City’s Neighborhood Associations and the University’s campus planning department.

Picketers will be at the Powell Plaza, 15th and Agate, starting at 2:00 PM. Later in the afternoon there will be a meeting at that site with Eugene officials to discuss appealing a permit decision that allows the Phit to cut the City-owned trees surrounding Hayward Field.

A well-informed source reports:

Save Hayward Magic Coalition will be organizing a vigil at Powell Plaza tomorrow–Tuesday, June 19–at 2pm.  They will be protesting the demolition of the East Grandstand, the process (read: lack of) leading to this point, and the wholly inappropriate involvement of corporate interests in the development of publicly owned University property.  We’re not sure exactly when actual bulldozer demo will start, but there are rumors it could start as early as tomorrow afternoon.

I’d like to believe that the new egofice and accessory schlong won’t cost UO’s academic side, but apparently we’re already on the hook for $1300 large, to rebuild the Hayward utility corridor to make it suitable for the athletic department’s needs:

Someone really needs to get the gift letter that spells out how much UO will have to pay for Phil Knight’s gift.

Meanwhile, the Oregon Tourism Commission’s contract with Vin Lananna’s Oregon 21 spinoff, to promote the notoriously corrupt IAAF’s 2021 championships, seems to be getting some special attention from the Oregon DOJ:

The deal was announced in December, but the DOJ still has questions. Presumably the FBI does too.

Graduation metrics: Are students “product” or “consumers”?

Call me an economist, but one of the things I love about graduation day is the sense of accomplishment in knowing that I’ve helped ship some high quality product.

In this view, our university’s job is to transform raw high school inputs into sharp, well-tempered, polished college outputs.

We don’t ask inputs about how they feel about this transformation. We believe the world will be better off for it, and they will be too. It’s just a question of welding in enough new material to fill any voids, and getting the heat treatment correctly calibrated. Not too soft, not too brittle.

The alternative view is that our students are our consumers. Our job is to maximize their consumer satisfaction. That’s an entirely different set of metrics.

Coach Lananna orders Duck cops to bust tifoso for Hayward free speech lap

Which they did. The Eugene Weekly has the report here:

On Friday, June 8, local videographer Tim Lewis ran onto Hayward’s track during the meet, wearing a T-shirt that said “Save Hayward” and holding up another that said “Pre Lives For Now.”

…  Lewis was arrested on the misdemeanor charges of interfering with police, disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing at a sporting event.

“He didn’t seem confrontational,” [NCAA volunteer Jim Watson] says. “He seemed like he was having a great time. He was enjoying the attention and sending the message. He went by and went out the gate. Nobody bothered him.”

“When I turned back around I saw Vin Lananna and his face was beet red. He got out his phone and started screaming in it,” he says. “It sounded like he said something like, ‘Get that guy.’”

Here’s Coach Lananna in happier times, before the FBI started investigating his handshake deal with former IAAF Pres Lamine Diack to bring the 2021 IAAF championships to the formerly historic Hayward Field:

Pres Schill on 17-18 events

Emailed to campus 6/13/2018:
Dear University of Oregon community members,
As we close out the 2017-18 academic year, I offer my warm congratulations to all of our graduates. I also want to thank everyone—faculty, advisors, graduate instructors and researchers, and staff—who helped our graduates reach the finish line. I look forward to standing in Matthew Knight Arena and watching those caps fly, as the class of 2018 prepares to take flight.
Together, we accomplished quite a bit this year. We took big leaps forward in advancing our academic enterprise: we broke ground on the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact and hired a permanent executive director to lead this extraordinary effort to further the mission of science in the service of society; we invested in promising new academic programsfrom data scienceand science media to embedding education researchers in high schoolsand we continued to hire and invest in world-class scholars in fields such as obesity prevention, Black studies, anthropology, and volcanology to name a few.
It is fitting that the year was bookended at the start by the groundbreaking for Tykeson Hall and at the end by the announcement that we will hire two dozen new advisors to work in that same building when it opens in 2019 as part of our new expansion and integration of academic and career counseling. I am incredibly excited to join with the College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Studies, and Student Life in an initiative that will support student success from the moment they step foot on campus to the time students leave and beyond. There is nothing more important.
As someone who will probably go down in history as the least athletic University of Oregon president, I joined with many of you in cheering on the achievements of our scholar-athletes, both on the field and off. In particular, I was thrilled and inspired by our Pac-12 champion softball and women’s basketball teams who demonstrated the very best in intercollegiate athletics time and time again. I also enjoyed watching our students excel in activities as varied as producing art, making music, and acting.
For our university to soar we need to become more diverse and inclusive. Toward that end, over the course of the past year every school, college, and administrative unit created Diversity Action Plans in their corner of campus. We opened a new Native American academic residential community, announced that we would build a Black Cultural Center, and redoubled efforts to recruit and support underrepresented students, all of which was on display during last week’s Showcase Oregon.
Like most universities across the United States, we experienced tension between the rights and values of free expression and the need to create a safe and inclusive environment on an increasingly diverse campus. With few exceptions, these tensions were resolved in a way that should make us proud. We also held robust discussions from a variety of perspectives and disciplines during our Freedom of Expression Event series that explored our differences and commonalities.
As I wrap up my third year as president, I have been reflecting on what I’ve learned about our students and this paragraph is specifically addressed to them. You are impressive, brilliant, passionate, and entrepreneurial. While the vast majority of you love being part of our UO community, some of you feel marginalized and unsafe on our campus. Some of you do not feel heard or supported, or fear speaking up for what you need or believe. I am reminded that we, as an institution, and I, personally, need to listen more, engage with you in a more supportive way, and strive to better understand all perspectives and needs. This will be a priority for me and everyone on our campus going forward.
I want all of you—every student and every member of our campus community—to benefit from the amazing wave of success our university is riding. We have some of the greatest minds solving big problems—from protecting our earth and making our bodies work better to creating new products and advocating for justice. We are making a difference, making the world more beautiful and interesting, and preparing a generation of leaders. We are, in short, part of something really special here at the University of Oregon. I am proud to be your president.
Thank you for a wonderful academic year. Enjoy the summer.
Sincerely,
Michael H. Schill
President and Professor of Law

Ducks make bigly claim for NCAA Track & Field attendance

Ken Goe has the report in the Oregonian here: