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  • Joel Rosenblit
    commented 2019-06-22 20:42:26 -0700
  • Dawn John
    commented 2019-05-22 12:10:09 -0700
    I am now a supervisor and no longer a represented staff member; but when I was, I was very involved with the union (SEIU 503!!!). I was able to attend LERC three times and IT WAS AMAZING!!! The information that was shared, all the classes and networking with other folks. And let’s not forget the tons of fun! It would be a downright shame to lose LERC or any part of it! That’s my six cents!!
  • Linda Peterson
    commented 2019-05-19 15:21:37 -0700
    Over the years, LERC, has done tremendous work that I have had the benefit of attending. More importantly, it the benefit to the University to have such a highly recognized and respect program that extends the reputation of the University into areas that they would have difficulty reaching. We have all been proud that our University had the foresight and wisdom to support this program over the years. This action is deeply concerning!
  • Linda Peterson
    commented 2019-05-19 15:21:36 -0700
    Over the years, LERC, has done tremendous work that I have had the benefit of attending. More importantly, it the benefit to the University to have such a highly recognized and respect program that extends the reputation of the University into areas that they would have difficulty reaching. We have all been proud that our University had the foresight and wisdom to support this program over the years. This action is deeply concerning!
  • Roscoe Caron
    commented 2019-05-19 07:19:43 -0700
    LERC is an indispensable part of our community and our state. At a time in history in which more and more institutions and more and more of our lives are being corporatized and commodified, a vibrant labor movement and a different narrative that prioritizes the dignity of labor and of the social sphere is of tremendous import to our democracy. At a time when the University of Oregon is more and more oriented to the desires and demands of the corporate sector, LERC needs to be strengthened, not eliminated.
  • Eric Dil
    commented 2019-05-17 19:51:37 -0700
  • Josefina Riggs
    commented 2019-05-17 11:47:44 -0700
    I was a benefit to be part of LERC in a grassroots program in Central Oregon. This event help me understand how we can work together with other Non-profit organization and Unions, open my mind and teach me who to work with my community.
  • Finch Byrd
    commented 2019-05-16 13:44:53 -0700
  • mihaii Suguitan -Reed
    commented 2019-05-16 12:58:38 -0700
    This really help me learn understand the contract and ways to workwith Management & work I help coach member about understanding the issue at hand when there is a issue. And some time helping Management. Bettter understanding the contract and keeping discipline at the lowest this is working with management and employees together. I ask that you help support us with this issue thank you
  • Steve Sander
    commented 2019-05-16 10:14:48 -0700
    Dear President Schill,

    I am writing to express my shock and disappointment that the University of Oregon is proposing a 68 percent cut to the Labor Education and Research Center.

    LERC is a nationally recognized Labor Center and an essential part of the Oregon Labor movement. Thousands of workers around the state rely on LERC’s training, education, and applied research every year, and there is no way LERC will be able to maintain this high caliber programming in the face of such devastating cuts.

    When most other departments are facing budget reductions between 2 and 10 percent, why have you singled out LERC for such a crippling cut?

    Labor history and education are a vital part of the fabric of our country and our state. For the thousands of students that attend and graduate from U of O and all colleges, the majority join the workforce to begin their careers; some may rise to be part of the 1% or even the top 10%, but the majority will be the 99%, working hard to provide for themselves and their families, to pay mortgages, to pay for health care, to pay for their children’s education, and to have a retirement they can depend on when they exit the workforce. LERC provides education and information that anyone can use in their work life to know their rights in the work place and how to take action and negotiate for better wages and working conditions. These efforts should be supported by our institutions of higher learning and not cut out or cut so drastically as to make their existence inconsequential.

    This is not just an attack on LERC, it’s an attack on the entire Oregon labor movement.

    LERC deserves to be treated the same as other departments, and I urge you to reconsider these ill-advised proposals.

  • Steve Sander
    commented 2019-05-16 10:12:45 -0700
  • Gunnar Lundeberg
    commented 2019-05-16 10:12:32 -0700
    I graduated from Oregon in1969
  • Barry Fulgham
    commented 2019-05-15 16:56:31 -0700
  • Jim Smith
    commented 2019-05-12 21:49:56 -0700
    Dear President Schill,

    I am writing to you today to call your attention to the valuable service that the Labor Education and Research Center provides the University and the people of Oregon.

    No other department within the University has the outreach and good will throughout the state, and beyond, as LERC. In fact, its labor programs are the only contact with the University of Oregon for thousands of the state’s residents. If you cut its funding by a draconian 68 percent, you will be cutting off the most productive arm of your institution.

    As a public university, UO has an obligation to serve the needs of all Oregonians, no matter their level of eduction or income status. This obligation cannot be fulfilled without a strong and well-funded LERC.

    As a Eugene resident, I have paid close attention to the University (I can see the campus from my residence) and know of the proud achievements of this institution. And as an author and writer, and former labor economist, I feel qualified to render a judgement on the work of LERC during the past few years. I know several of the hard-working professors and staff and I am continually amazed at the volume and quality of their work. Unlike other departments of the University, they must recruit their students, find venues suitable for educational purposes and that are available at a convenient time for students who also have full-time jobs, and then provide an educational experience that is on a par with that of other academic departments. It is my evaluation that they succeed admirably. The quality of their work can be seen in the high regard in which they are held by their students and former students, as surveys have shown.

    I will not be so bold as to tell you how to balance your budget. However, I will tell you that taking the shortfall out of LERC would be the wrong decision. Please recreate harmony in the university and the state by withdrawing your proposed slashing of LERC’s budget.


    James R Smith
  • Evan Wipf
    commented 2019-05-10 16:45:05 -0700
  • Gary Aguiar
    commented 2019-05-10 00:07:22 -0700
    I support LERC’s as an essential actor in developing democracy in Oregon.
  • Sandra Decker
    commented 2019-05-08 22:16:12 -0700
    Fund LERC.

    Ritzer, G. (2011). “Neoliberalism” (pages 37-42). Globalization: The Essentials. Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Thomas Hodges
    commented 2019-05-06 16:04:17 -0700
  • Eileen Boris
    commented 2019-05-06 11:17:34 -0700
    We need labor studies and labor centers more than ever! The corporate university, even in its public form, must be resisted and stopped.
  • Steven Leikin
    commented 2019-05-05 16:40:50 -0700
  • Dennis Deslippe
    commented 2019-05-05 07:57:29 -0700
    I sent my email opposing the budget cuts to U of O’s president! Just as thousands turned out to thwart Iowa’s politicians and administrations efforts to shutter UIowa’s labor center, this must be opposed by workers, teachers, and citizens from around the country.
  • Brett Moser
    commented 2019-05-04 09:12:54 -0700
    Let’s March! LERC has supported so many labor movements over the years, it’s time that Labor supports LERC.
  • Lynn Duggan
    commented 2019-05-04 08:21:50 -0700
    Sent an email as a Labor Studies faculty member at Indiana University.
  • John Lepley
    commented 2019-05-04 05:51:08 -0700
  • Erik Ferrel
    commented 2019-05-03 16:44:37 -0700
    Sent a letter to the Pres. of the University. Hope they reconsider.

    Erik Ferrel
  • Todd Boyle
    commented 2019-05-03 15:17:07 -0700
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  • W. Michael Johnston
    followed this page 2019-05-03 13:05:00 -0700
  • W. Michael Johnston
    commented 2019-05-03 13:04:48 -0700
    University of Oregon

    Sir and President Schill,

    Recently it has come to the attention of our 6,000 plus readers of Work In Progress that the University is planning on defunding

    the Labor Education and Research Center by 68 percent.

    At a time when the study of checks and balances in the American economy is needed more than ever, this is an astonishing, nearly unexplainable move.

    Universities are the last bulwark of lucidity and unbiased research involving the economy from those who make it work vs just those who are investors and CEOs.

    Corporate and right wing think tanks are proliferating across the country. Who is best suited to balance their agenda driven research into the economy

    than tax payer supported universities. For over forty years the University of Oregon has offered services to labor, organized labor and the social justice community, an

    alternatives to the one dimensional drumbeat of excessive profits above the common good.

    The University of Oregon has a long history of research and serving the commons. Please reconsider this short sighted policy at a time when all voices

    need to be heard not just those who buy the truth to twist and subvert it for political ends.

  • Bruce Cohen
    commented 2019-05-03 12:07:21 -0700
  • Robin Clark-Bennett
    commented 2019-05-03 06:09:23 -0700

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