In the bargaining process, we will be introducing an integrated and robust set of salary proposals for all faculty at the University of Oregon. These include multi-year efforts to systematically correct the salary differential with our AAU comparators, correct inversion and compression, create transparent salary policies, and implement across the board raises that address the historical lack of raises for all faculty. We will also include a proposal to reward achievement through merit raises.
We intend to bring a strong merit raise proposal. It is our belief that work that is vital to maintaining our institutional standing should be rewarded. Our proposal will require every department or employing unit to have a faculty-approved process for determining merit raises, with separate programs for tenure-track and non-tenure-track faculty.You'd think that Gottfredson would be out in front supporting these ideas. Instead he's letting Randy Geller, Doug Blandy and Tim Gleason represent him. Not exactly UO's A team. Then there's his lead negotiator Sharon Rudnick, an anti-union pro-tobacco company lawyer with no experience dealing with academic matters. She's going to learn how universities work on our dime. Actually, our $450 an hour. (I think Gottfredson's paying $450. Randy redacted that too.)
At other universities contract negotiations are typically run by a respected Dean or VP, with a little legal consultation for the legal issues. Gottfredson has turned it all over to a hired gun. Rumor is that more than one serious and well-respected administrators (no, of course I'm not talking about Bean, but yes, there are a few) asked to be part of the UO bargaining team. Gottfredson told them no.
Bargaining starts next week in the Knight Library Collaboration Center (Room 122) on Thursday, 12/13 from 9am-1pm and Friday, 12/14 from 1-5pm. It will be a while before the salary proposals are on the table, but you might want attend, see what you think of the process, and develop your own opinion of the two bargaining teams. 12/6/2012.