University of Oregon, faculty union at odds over pay

University of Oregon, faculty union at odds over pay

EUGENE, Ore. - The newly formed faculty union at the University of Oregon wants greater pay increases than managers have put on the table as the parties bargain over a new faculty contract.

The union wants a 7 percent raise across the board over the next three years.

The university has proposed a 4.5 percent raise across the board plus merit raises over three years.

"You have faculty that have been here for 30 years, who have just watched their salaries erode over time but also temporary instructors who are really just trying to get by," said Daniel Martinez Hosang, professor Ethnic Studies. He's one of the 1,800 members of the United Academics of the University of Oregon.

"What we're surprised by is even though we ask for such modest pay raises, just to begin to catch up with other places, that we've been able to make no progress at the bargaining table," Hosang said.

Administrators see the university's proposal as a balance between the needs of the faculty union and the institution.

"We put on the table what we believe is a fiscally responsible proposal that we believe begins to solve a very long term problem at this university for faculty salaries," said Tim Gleason, dean of the School of Journalism and Communication. "It's just a question of how much we can increase them in this round of bargaining and maintain the financial stability of the institution. That's the question."