AAUP-Oregon goes to Salem

Posted by  AAUP Oregon   in       Mar 19, 2015     2147 Views     Comments Off on AAUP-Oregon goes to Salem  

AAUP-Oregon introduced itself to key legislators in Salem on March 18th. Although José has testified before both the House and Senate Higher Education committees, we had not yet officially started building relationships with legislators. Patricia Schechter, legislative chair for the Portland State AAUP Chapter took the lead, setting up meetings with House Committee on Higher Education, Innovation and Workforce Development Chair Tobias Read and with Senate Education Committee Chair Arnie Roblan. We also met with Representative Jennifer Williamson’s staff. In the meetings, AAUP-Oregon President José Padin outlined our positions on key bills and explained our organization’s vision and new legislative engagement as a state-wide entity. Legislative Committee member Erna Gelles, and Margaret Butler, AAUP-Oregon Executive Director also participated. We emphasized our desire to support higher education as a right in Oregon and provide information and perspective based on AAUP members’ deep experience.


The Oregon State Conference of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP Oregon) is the state-level organization of the AAUP. The Conference’s mission is to advance the collective interests of affiliated AAUP Collective Bargaining and Advocacy chapters, the principles and practices of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), and the overall interests of higher education faculty in Oregon through the promotion of excellence in higher education as an investment in Oregon’s future.