University of Oregon Faculty Seek to Unionize

University of Oregon faculty members are collecting signatures in an effort to establish a union. It would be comprised of all full and part time professors and instructors -- about 2,000 members. KLCC's Rachael McDonald has more.

The group United Academics of the University of Oregon has been gathering support for the union effort this month. But it's a process that began in the fall according to Michael Dreiling, an Associate Professor of Sociology.

He says forming a union will give professors more of a voice in the U of O's priorities. "We want to make sure there's greater transparency and accountability in how the tuition dollars and tax dollars are devoted to the educational and research mission of this University," Dreiling says. "And presently we do not have the kind of transparency and accountability that we've been demanding for over a decade."

Dreiling says if the professors and instructors are unionized they'll be able to improve students' learning experience.

The University says it supports the right of workers to unionize and takes no position on the organizing effort.

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