10/23/2011: From the Oregonian:
The Oregon City School District has decided to reject a $2.54 million federal grant meant to reward top educators, partly because of philosophical concerns over performance-based pay.
The UO administration is a sad example of what happens when you divorce pay from performance. Just compare Frances Dyke’s latest raise with her job performance. Applying the same rules to the faculty would be the end of this place. The UC system has worked around this problem – have any other unionized universities?
Meanwhile this news from Insidehighered.com will soon be relevant here at UO:
The faculty union at the University of Illinois at Chicago won another victory Friday, with a ruling by the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board rejecting a request by the university to stay an order certifying the union. The union is the result of a major organizing drive conducted by the American Association of University Professors and the American Federation of Teachers, which have hoped that the effort at UIC would pave the way for more faculty unions at doctoral institutions. The university has challenged the right of the union to form, as currently planned, because both tenure-track faculty members and adjunct professors would be in the same unit.
I am not sure what the UO organizer’s current position is on giving part-time temporary adjuncts a full vote in a faculty union.