11/8/2012: The faculty union has posted a new FAQ on membership and bargaining, here. I know many readers did not sign for unionization and are very skeptical of the union. I encourage those skeptics in particular to now sign membership cards and ensure their voices are heard within the union. Our faculty union needs members that are skeptical of faculty unions!In my department only one faculty member signed the card-check card. All but 3 have signed the union-membership cards. I'm no economist, but at this point I think it's the rational choice. If you want a membership card email me.
You will boost your unit's weight in the union's council of delegates and get a vote on the constitution, leadership, dues, and bargaining agreement.
My guess is that dues will be a bit above 1% of salary. Members don't pay any dues until the union signs a contract with the administration, and then it is very likely that contract - like most in Oregon - will include an anti-freeriding "fair share" clause that will mean that non-members will pay 70-90% of the dues that members pay - but without the vote. So the marginal cost of being a member rather than paying fair share will be low.
From the Union website:
What are our bargaining priorities?
... More specifically, in negotiations we will focus on attaining a contract that:
- Enables UO to recruit and retain high quality faculty by establishing competitive salaries, stable working conditions, and access to benefits for all faculty
- Provides for meaningful faculty voice in the creation and implementation of transparent, enforceable policies related to evaluation, promotion, and workload
- Supports excellence and innovation in research and education, beginning with adequate facilities and manageable class sizes