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Faculty Union to present wage demands, Thursday at 12:30 in 125 Chiles. See comments for live-blog!

Thursday is the day! We need a strong turnout this Thursday, 12:30-3:30 in Chiles 125, as the UA Bargaining Team presents our economic package to the administration.

Our Article 26: Salary represents a significant increase to faculty pay through across-the-board, merit, and equity raises, as well as promotion increases. The UA Economics Team will present information showing where faculty salaries at the University of Oregon stand in regard to our comparator institutions and our plan to bring faculty salaries up to competitive levels.  We will present a few other articles (Article 21: Review Decision Appeals, Article 34: Caregiving), pose questions regarding some of the (somewhat contentious) proposals that the administration brought to the last session, and the administration team will surely have a few more proposals of their own.

Let’s pack the room to show support for your bargaining team and send a signal to the administration that years of lagging salaries just won’t do anymore! Winning significant raises, or anything else at the bargaining table, depends less on making rational arguments and thoughtful proposals than on faculty showing up and showing their support for the proposals on the table.

40 Comments

  1. Disappointed 02/28/2024

    Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose.

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    • UO Matters Post author | 02/29/2024

      Excuse moi?

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  2. Anonymous 02/29/2024

    Johnson Hall will commit to presenting a fair, reasoned, and prudent response to faculty salary demands by next February 29th, or by February 30th at the very latest.

  3. Stick to the basics 02/29/2024

    Please stick to compensation. Just salaries. COLA every two years, merit every 3 years, fix compression. Single-issue and don’t get fussy.

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    • UO Matters Post author | 02/29/2024

      Noted.

  4. Art Historian 02/29/2024

    UA is still alive? Couldn’t tell if the last 5 years are any indication…

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    • UO Matters Post author | 02/29/2024

      bring your stethoscope to 125 Chiles today at 12:30

      • Humanist 03/01/2024

        Perhaps excessive navel-gazing has contributed to your perception of the University or the world at large?

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        • UO Matters 03/02/2024

          Insults are always welcome at UOM, but please try and be more specific and creative.

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  5. UO Matters Post author | 02/29/2024

    Faculty bargaining team strolls in to applause. Keaton Miller – UAUO’s economic consultant – is wearing a sports-coat to signify the seriousness of the occasion.

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  6. UO Matters Post author | 02/29/2024

    Full house. Session starts with softball faculty response to something about tenure grievances and responses to various other articles.

  7. UO Matters Post author | 02/29/2024

    Admin team: Chris Mead, Ron Bramhall, Dan Currier, Karen Ford, Angie Jimenez, Nadia Singh, Bruce McGough, Jennifer Maynard

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  8. UO Matters Post author | 02/29/2024

    Miller points out that UO’s faculty morale is in the toilet, as reported by the administration’s $350K
    “IDEAL Climate Survey” Not just talk, faculty have been voting with their feet and leaving as enrollment has been increasing. 25% of last years searches failed, compared to usual 15%.

  9. UO Matters Post author | 02/29/2024

    Why? Our salaries are also in the toilet. In the Big 10, we’re at the bottom.

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  10. UO Matters Post author | 02/29/2024

    Keaton, speaking as an economist: Hopes Admins will agree that salaries should be “competitive”. (Forshadowing: Is President Scholz’s salary competitive?)

  11. UO Matters Post author | 02/29/2024

    At a min, to be competitive, UO salaries should, on average, be average. Points out that new President Karl Scholz’s salary is 98% of AAU public average.

  12. UO Matters Post author | 02/29/2024

    UO Faculty, on the other hand, are now down to 86% of AAU average. (from 92%)

  13. UO Matters Post author | 02/29/2024

    To get us to AAU public average, faculty need on average 9.4% per year over 3 years.

    • Serge Protektor 02/29/2024

      We demand 100% of mediocrity!

  14. UO Matters Post author | 02/29/2024

    Keaton: Maybe we’re underpaid because we’re the worst faculty in the AAU? Actually, UO department averages are orthogonal to department quality as measured by various metrics.

  15. UO Matters Post author | 02/29/2024

    Union proposal will devote some money from the 9.4% per year to internal and external equity. Also an increase in the promotion raises from 8% to 10%. 8% was supposed to be a minimum, but admin has treated it as a maximum.

  16. UO Matters Post author | 02/29/2024

    Regarding merit, faculty are pissed at having to divy up pissant 3% merit increases (decreases in real dollars). So we want 6% for merit in year 3.

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  17. UO Matters Post author | 02/29/2024

    But Professor Miller, hasn’t Jamie Moffitt told us that the well is dry?

    • Anonymous 02/29/2024

      Jamie “Buckets” Moffitt

      • UO Matters Post author | 02/29/2024

        She just says what President Scholz tells her to say. It’s on Scholz.

  18. UO Matters Post author | 02/29/2024

    It’s not. Total cost of faculty (including law etc.) and OPE is $186M. This proposal would increase that cost to $244M in year 3. Another $57M per year by year 3. Is this big?

  19. UO Matters Post author | 02/29/2024

    Can UO afford to pay competitive salaries? The Admin will respond that we are trying to bankrupt the university. Keaton does not want this, because he likes his job. So what’s the truth?

  20. UO Matters Post author | 02/29/2024

    Keaton looks at UO revenue and expenses, as reported to the US Dept of Education’s IPED system. Faculty salaries mostly come from UO’s “education and general fund”. Since 2017, UO has spent about 30% of E&G on faculty salaries. This has been falling, will be only about 28% in 2023.

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  21. UO Matters Post author | 02/29/2024

    [I wonder why Jamie never shows these numbers?]

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  22. UO Matters Post author | 02/29/2024

    [Admin team has heads down, looking like guilty kids with hand in cookie jar.]

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  23. UO Matters Post author | 02/29/2024

    Keaton: Relative to peers, we spend a smaller percentage of budget on education and research.

  24. UO Matters Post author | 02/29/2024

    Keaton: What about benefits? Used to be large. He looked at other AAU’s, our benefits cost is now just about average.

  25. UO Matters Post author | 02/29/2024

    In conclusion, faculty understand that UO can’t afford excellence in salaries, we just want average.

  26. UO Matters Post author | 02/29/2024

    No questions from embarrassed Admins. Applause for Keaton.

  27. UO Matters Post author | 02/29/2024

    Union calls for caucus. Admins file out. Standing applause for Professor Miller.

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  28. SeasonTicketHolder 02/29/2024

    Dan Lanning’s salary package is almost 40% of all faculty pay in a year. The best universities pay their football coach 100% of faculty salaries to be competitive.

  29. UO Matters Post author | 02/29/2024

    Faculty comment in Caucus: I’m tired of admins judging us, when they can’t do their job and pay us!

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  30. UO Matters Post author | 02/29/2024

    Chants of “What do we want? Average! When do we want it? In 3 years!”

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  31. UO Matters Post author | 02/29/2024

    Some salaries of Admin Bargaining Team:
    Karen Ford $300,000.00
    Bruce McGough$286,123.00
    Nadia Singh $190,000.00
    Ron Bramhall $161,757.00
    Chris Mead $139,050.00

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