EUGENE, Ore. -- After 10 months of negotiations, the University of Oregon reached an agreement with the union representing it’s faculty on a two-year contract.
Members of United Academics, the union representing over 1,800 faculty members at the university, ratified the complex contract Wednesday that will give faculty an almost 12 percent pay increase over the next two years, along with providing better job security and other work benefits.
Scott Pratt, professor of Philosophy and member of the United Academics bargaining team said the over 90-page document is a historic step for the university.
"This contract represents a major step for all UO faculty," said Pratt. "It recognizes the value of faculty by providing salary increases, and extends professional job protections and benefits to non-tenure-track educators. This is good for the university, for students and for Oregon."
Members of United Academics said this is one of the first increases to their salary in nearly a decade. Along with the average pay increase, the contract includes added bonuses for faculty upon promotion and to recognize outstanding achievement, university officials said.
Additionally, non-tenured staff now have increased job security. The university has offered these individuals longer contracts than were previously available
Professor Susan Anderson said that the morale of staff at University of Oregon has been low. This agreement assures staff that they are valued by the University and its leadership.
“It’s one of the few contracts in the country where non-tenure related faculty and tenure-related faculty collaborated on a contract,” she said.