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Non-Tenured Faculty Layoffs at University of Oregon

by Diane Deitz

To save money, the University of Oregon is preparing to trim about 75 jobs from its nontenured faculty, according to United Academics, the labor union representing the faculty.

Plans call for reductions of 25 positions from the College of Arts and Sciences, 25 from the College of Education and 25 from other university units, the union said it has learned.

The 75 faculty cuts are expected to come largely from the ranks of the career nontenured faculty, which today number 934. In addition, the UO so far this year has given layoff notices to four classified employees, and more cuts may be on the way, said Theodora Ko Thompson, president of the UO’s Service Employees International Union.

“I’m holding my breath at this point,” she said.

Classified workers include facilities maintenance and similar categories of work.

Two budgetary forces are underway: The university faces an $8.8 million gap in next year’s budget caused largely by rising pay and retirement benefits; and it is pursuing a goal of hiring more tenured faculty — thereby displacing some jobs for nontenured faculty.

The university is proposing to resolve most of its budget problems for the 2017-2018 school year with tuition
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