Faculty Union to hold town hall to answer questions about pay cut deal

Dear Colleague,

All members of United Academics are invited to a Town Hall on Tuesday, August 4 from noon to 1:30. The Zoom link is below.

We are soliciting questions from members on a variety of issues we are facing as a community. Please submit your question(s) here. We will also take questions during the meeting, but advance notice allows for UA to make sure more of your questions are addressed. If you are unable to attend live, a recording of the meeting will be available on our website.

Thank you for all that you do for the university and our students!


When: Aug 4, 2020 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://aft.zoom.us/j/93578218703?pwd=OWp0TGY2Qkd0TmVJRHRzc0xBS3ArUT09
Passcode: 489736

The Administration has also sent this around, with a helpful FAQ:

NOTE: This message is being sent to the PI list and OVPRI Center & Institute Directors.

**Sent on behalf of Missy Matella**

Dear Colleagues,

As announced last week, the university and United Academics have reached tentative agreements on several key issues including career instructional faculty FTE for AY 20-21, an expectation of continued employment for our career instructional and research faculty, and a progressive pay reduction plan.

Employee and Labor Relations has added answers to frequently asked questions regarding these agreements. The FAQ includes further explanation of the terms of the tentative agreements and a section specifically for research-related information.

Please reach out to Employee and Labor Relations at uoelr@uoregon.edu or vpri@uoregon.edu if you have any questions or need further assistance.

Best regards,

Missy Matella
Senior Director, Employee and Labor Relations

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9 Responses to Faculty Union to hold town hall to answer questions about pay cut deal

  1. New Year Cat says:

    Classified have been laid off and participate in Workshare as well. They bear the brunt of the physical prep for re-opening. I hope they do balk until we see upper admin take a larger pay cut. You don’t realistically need $400,000 to live in Eugene! IMO UA should have balked a little harder as well, but apparently that wasn’t in the cards. As usual, “those who have the gold make the rules” and upper admin is keen on losing as little gold as possible even though some monthly pay checks equal a classified staff yearly paycheck.

  2. Dog says:

    I put a link to the University of Arizona published cuts
    about 3 weeks ago on this blog. I would say those cuts are
    similar to what has been proposed here, perhaps a bit larger.

  3. Oryx says:

    It would be interesting to have data on pay cuts at other universities. Anecdotally, I know some with bigger cuts than us, and some with smaller. But my N isn’t big.

  4. AnotherClassified says:

    Remember the Classified Staff. We’re all in it together. You know? Working in those classrooms / admin don’t care.

    • OAnon says:

      I have been hearing through the grapevine that SEIU is balking at any talk of participation in a PPR plan, even though many classified at UO would be protected by the salary floor that UA established for faculty, which will likely extend to all employee groups.

      • Tug o' the Forelock says:

        I’m unclear about how the PPR works. Is the first $45K exempt from a pay cut for all workers? For example, if someone earns $50k/year, does the pay cut only apply to the $5K after the first $45 is exempt? Or does the pay cut apply to the entire $50K? The answer might affect how some classified staff feel about the plan. Can anyone enlighten us?

        • uomatters says:

          The rates shown are the average tax rates. So people with a base salary below $45K pay nothing. People with a $50K base pay a total tax of $286. People at $60K pay 1.71% of salary, or $1029.

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