Gordon Sayre from English, quoted on the reasons for the UO faculty union victory in IHE: The story also explains that “The university has until April 4 to object to the petition for unionization, according to an official at the Employment Relations Board.” and that
Robert Berdahl, interim president at the university, said in an e-mail that the university was notified Wednesday that the authorization cards have been submitted. “The university has not had an opportunity to review the petition for certification yet and it is premature to comment further,” the e-mail said.
3/14/2012: Comments welcome.
3/13/2012: From the United Academics Faculty Union website:
We are VERY pleased to announce that on Tuesday March 13, United Academics filed union authorization cards – signed by a clear majority of UO tenure-track, non-tenure-track, and research faculty – with the state Employment Relations Board (ERB).
This is an important milestone and moves us one key step closer to forming our union and restoring a strong faculty voice in the future of the UO. Our union will be formally certified once the Board confirms that the signed cards do indeed represent a majority.
United Academics includes tenure-track faculty, non-tenure-track faculty, and research faculty. In addition to the solid overall majority, the union authorization cards we presented to the state ERB included majorities in each of the classifications of faculty represented. (emphasis added).
I think this lays to rest a lot of concerns. There are still hoops to jump through but no one seems to think they are major.
So, the immediate questions that come to mind are how will elections for union representatives be set up, bylaws written, dues, etc. Anyone know?