Transitional Layoff / Unemployment Insurance Claim Benefit Services Available: Webinar Monday June 7
For those of you dealing with layoffs imposed by WOU, you might want to consider attending a virtual information session from 12 to 1:30 pm on Monday, June 7th that is being facilitated by Eryn Byram (Executive Director, Labor’s Community Service Agency) and Josh Hall (State Labor Liaison, Oregon AFL-CIO).
This session is in partnership with Oregon Employment Department, Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace, WorkSource Centers, and all representing unions. The webinar link is
Or you can connect to the webinar by telephone:
Dial in: 1-253-215-8782
Webinar ID: 874 7562 3215
Rapid Response Information Session will include:
• An OED school employee unemployment insurance specialist
• Personalized question and answer segment
• Health insurance options and opportunities through the American Rescue Plan
• Updated WorkSource resources and requirements
• Community resources and services through 211info.
WOUFT 2021-2023 Executive Council-Elect
The election is complete! Your new Executive Council is:
Melanie Landon-Hays (President)
Dirk Freymuth (VP for Membership and Organization)
Mark Henkels (VP for Political Action and Education)
Chloë Hughes (Treasurer)
Stacy Henle (Secretary)
Sue Kunda (Communications Director)
Congratulations and thanks to our new officers!
WOUFT Hardship Fund
The WOUFT Hardship Fund was established to help provide economic assistance to members in need.
TO APPLY for hardship funds, complete the form available at the link here
and send an email to the WOUFT VP for Membership, whose contact information can be found here: http://wouft.org/about/ to notify them of your submitted request.
Once your membership status has been confirmed, the request will be forwarded to the hardship fund committee and you will receive an email response regarding the disbursement of funds.
TO DONATE to the hardship fund, send a check made payable to “WOUFT” with “Hardship Fund” in the memo line to the WOUFT Treasurer, whose contact information can be found here: http://wouft.org/about/. Contributions in any amount, small or large, are welcome and make a difference in the lives of your coworkers.
Letters of Agreement Negotiated
Please check out the WOUFT Collective Bargaining page (http://wouft.org/collective-bargaining/) for two LOAs (Donated Leave Bank and COVID-19) that WOUFT just negotiated. The Donated Leave Bank LOA permits folks who are retiring or otherwise separating from WOU to make a one-time donation of up to 520 hours to the Donated Leave Bank. The COVID-19 LOA extends the previous COVID-19 LOA through Spring Term 2021.
Article 15 Cuts
WOU President Fuller has invoked Article 15, indicating that “program or discipline curtailment” is “imminent” at WOU. The President released his Final Plan in early December 2020, leaving the WOU community reeling. The Final Plan included the termination of the Philisophy minor program, which was not in the Draft Plan and which WOUFT was therefore unable to review the cut, a violation of the CBA. WOUFT filed a successful grievance and was permitted to review and provide comment, delaying the implementation of all cuts. After WOUFT reviewed and opposed the cut, President Fuller included the Philosophy minor cut in his Revised Final Plan, released to WOUFT on February 26.
Your WOUFT Executive Council has been reaching out to key legislators and the press to ensure that they are aware of the leadership crisis at WOU.
If you have any questions please contact WOUFT President Bryan Dutton.
We are your union!
The Western Oregon University Federation of Teachers, or WOUFT, is Local 2278 of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). WOUFT represents all Western Oregon University faculty members employed at or above 0.5 FTE with respect to salary, employment terms, and working conditions. Since 1974, WOUFT has worked to promote the collective welfare of the faculty community. WOUFT works with its affiliated organizations to eliminate discrimination in institutions of higher education, to enact just laws which will improve the climate for students and faculty, and to advance the public image of higher education.
This website is designed to be useful to our members. Here you will find
- contact information for the Executive Council, the bargaining team, stewards, and grievance officers,
- our Constitution and Bylaws,
- information about member dues and benefits,
- training opportunities,
- reports on bargaining when applicable,
- affiliate (AFT and AFT-Oregon) information,
- a section on your Weingarten rights,
- and more.