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  • Carolina Bank Muñoz
    commented 2019-04-23 06:37:40 -0700
  • Rachel Sherman
    commented 2019-04-23 05:52:09 -0700
  • Michael Yates
    commented 2019-04-22 18:04:03 -0700
    Here is the letter I sent:

    Dear President Schill,

    For more than thirty years I was a labor educator. I taught many courses (Labor Economics (I have a PhD in economics), Theories of the Labor Movement, Labor Law, Collective Bargaining, among others) to working men and women throughout the United States. When I lived in Portland, I taught a class through your Labor Center. The students in my classes were among the best I have ever taught, certainly including the undergraduates I taught for thirty-two years at a University of Pittsburgh campus. They were dedicated, attentive, and bright. They wanted to learn and to think critically, which is what I assume all colleges want for their students.

    And yet, Labor Centers such as yours always seem to be under the gun, expected to put into effect an austerity always more extreme that what is expected of other academic departments and centers. Such seems to be the case at the University of Oregon. One cannot help but think that something more is afoot than the usual cry by administrators that faculty will have to tighten their belts. I hope this is not so in Eugene, but my forty-five years of teaching tells me that all too often universities act more like typical business employers than they do as places dedicated to the higher learning.

    You have a Center that has excellent faculty and national recognition, yet the cuts demanded will basically be the LERC’s death knell. What is more, by demanding such cuts, you are essentially cutting off workers from a chance at getting a good education, not to mention that you will be derelict in terms of your social responsibility to help to create an educated citizenry, something essential if we are ever to have a vibrant democracy.

    I hope that you will reconsider the demand for such draconian cuts. I urge you to do so.

    Sincerely yours,

    Michael D. Yates, PhD

    Professor Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh
  • Emily Heilbrun
    commented 2019-04-22 17:44:13 -0700
  • Lisa Hubbard
    commented 2019-04-22 17:27:56 -0700
    LERC is providing valuable leadership and resources to support private agency homecare workers who are organizing in Oregon with SEIU 503. The LERC faculty and staff are a vital part of lifting up this workforce of women and ensuring that they get the rights, respect and union they need!
  • Farrell Richartz
    commented 2019-04-22 17:02:07 -0700
    The members of Laborers Local 483, and the Oregon Labor movement as a whole, have benefited greatly from the training, research and advocacy of LERC. We oppose cuts to this dynamic and vital program.
  • Avery Fuerst
    commented 2019-04-22 16:58:22 -0700
  • Mary Sykora
    followed this page 2019-04-22 15:50:50 -0700
  • Mary Sykora
    commented 2019-04-22 15:50:40 -0700
    I’m the staff organizer for a sister AFT-Oregon local, PCCFFAP, AFT local 2277 at Portland Community College – please keep us in the loop on how we, and AFT-Oregon as a state federation, can be most supportive in helping LERC remain viable and have no more than the 2-10% budget cuts that every other UO dept has been asked to make.
  • Alycia Gideon
    commented 2019-04-22 15:37:21 -0700
    LERC is indispensable! LERC has helped to train me, connect me with others in the labor movement, and show me that this is about so much more than just my labor union or individual struggle. Please keep in touch and let me know whatever can be done to support and save this resource!
  • Paul Fitzgerald
    commented 2019-04-22 15:25:30 -0700
  • Leo Casey
    commented 2019-04-22 15:09:44 -0700
  • David Sickler
    commented 2019-04-22 15:03:37 -0700
  • James Baker
    commented 2019-04-22 14:52:09 -0700
  • Marty Wolfson
    commented 2019-04-22 14:45:21 -0700
  • Kate Bronfenbrenner
    commented 2019-04-22 14:26:28 -0700
    The Trustees think that cutting labor education will get them what they want. But LERC is more than a university department. It is part of a movement.
  • Monica Bielski Boris
    commented 2019-04-22 14:13:34 -0700
  • Tamara Joseph
    commented 2019-04-22 14:08:45 -0700
  • Gabriel Winant
    commented 2019-04-22 13:38:13 -0700
  • Laura Levitt
    commented 2019-04-22 13:33:32 -0700
    This is awful news, such an important center at the university. LERC does vital work in Oregon and across the globe!
  • Samir Sonti
    commented 2019-04-22 12:59:42 -0700
  • Marilyn Sneiderman
    commented 2019-04-22 12:40:12 -0700
  • Elizabeth Pellerito
    commented 2019-04-22 12:30:13 -0700
    Solidarity from UMass Lowell Labor Education Program!
  • Elaine Carlson
    commented 2019-04-22 10:12:41 -0700
    The Oregon LERC is one of the best in the country!!! The LERC must continued to be funded to continue it’s important work not only in the labor community but with the ENTIRE OREGON community.
  • Katherine Black
    commented 2019-04-22 09:26:28 -0700
    Many years ago, LERC provided me with invaluable skills training and education as I completed my BS at U of O and embarked on my career as a union leader. The teachers were dedicated and superb, the lessons invaluable. These proposed cuts can only be viewed as hostility toward workers and their unions. They must be stopped.
  • Kim Cook
    commented 2019-04-22 06:01:11 -0700
  • Kim Cook
    commented 2019-04-22 06:01:10 -0700
  • Kim Cook
    commented 2019-04-22 06:01:10 -0700
  • Jeff Lang
    commented 2019-04-21 19:18:04 -0700
    I value my local labor research center. Places like these should be a priority when it comes to funding.
  • Samer Obeid
    commented 2019-04-21 16:11:20 -0700
    LERC was my first and most eye opening conference about labor education. We need LERC to be best funded to continue to serving labor communities!

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