The University of Oregon's proposals are grounded on the following four basic principles:
- All of our employees deserve respect and fair treatment. The university must base decisions on what is best for the institution as a whole.
- The UO must live within its means and responsibly allocate its resources to maximize impact on both student learning and our community’s research, scholarship, and creative activities.
- Individual units need to have the flexibility to determine appropriate staffing levels and the correct mix of employee types to best meet the needs of students and unit initiatives.
- Our researchers are among the best in their fields and must have the flexibility and independence to pursue their sponsored research. The CBA should respect the unique nature of work on sponsored projects and not unduly put personnel or funding burdens on research teams.