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University of Oregon Union Town Hall with Sarita Gupta

Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Straub Hall, 156
1451 Onyx Street, Eugene, OR 97403

This event will bring together the presidents of each of the University of Oregon's major unions to discuss the challenges and possibilities facing a largely unionized university workplace, now and in the future, with Wayne Morse Chair Sarita Gupta. Participants will include Avinnash Tiwari, United Academics of the University of Oregon; Stephanie Prentiss, Service Employees International Union 503; and Mel Keller, Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation. Bob Bussel, recently retired Director of the Labor Education and Research Center, will moderate.

This event is part of the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics 2021-23 theme, Making Work Work. It is cosponsored by United Academics of the University of Oregon (AAUP/AFT Local 3209, AFL-CIO).

Event Type

Academic, Faculty/Staff, Lectures & Presentations, Discussion, Graduate


Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, 2021-22 Making Work Work

Target Audience

Faculty/Staff, Graduate Students




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Sue Dockstader

Sue Dockstader 4/4/2022

Dear Folks,

One of my fellow GEs pointed out that EMU Starbucks folks are missing from this conversation. Why? And why aren't there undergraduate food service workers also included?

UO won't be a "largely unionized university workplace" unless service workers fighting for representation are included in these types of discussions.

I think it's worth noting that the recent worker-led Amazon JFK8 win was possibly the most significant labor victory in history. The Starbucks and Amazon unions are showing us that service workers have a lot to teach us as they pull off incredible and stunning victories against some of the most powerful and repressive employers in the US.

So I agree with my fellow GTFF comrade - Where are the EMU and food service workers?

Respectfully yours,

Sue Dockstader
GTFF 3544
(contractor with IATSE 675)
PhD Candidate ENVS/SOC