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February 24, 2017

“The Impact on Oregonians of the Rise of Irregular Scheduling”

LERC’s Equity in the Economy Initiative is excited to announce the release of our new report: “The Impact on Oregonians of the Rise of Irregular Scheduling.” The report was coauthored by University Oregon Sociologist Ellen Scott, PSU Economist Mary C. King, LERC Faculty, Raahi Reddy.  The groundbreaking study reveals the prevalence and experience of irregular scheduling practices in employment for nearly 750 Oregonians. People working in the jobs most impacted by unpredictable scheduling are more likely than the general workforce to have children at home and significant family responsibility for their care.

Key findings include:

  • 1 in 6 survey respondents had less than 24 hour notice of their shifts.
  • 44% of survey respondents have worked back to back shifts, such as closing one day and opening the next day.
  • 73% (499) are expected to have open availability to work to obtain more hours or a better schedule.
  • 73% percent of our survey respondents were notified of their work schedule fourteen or fewer days in advance.
  • Nearly three-quarters of respondents’ work schedules were subject to change after they were posted.

“Based on our interviews, Oregon workers, especially low-wage workers, lack the predictability and control over work schedules needed to effectively juggle the demands of caregiving, make ends meet each month and explore opportunities to further their education and skills,” said Ellen Scott, of the University of Oregon Sociology Department.

Raahi Reddy said: “Over the past three years, twenty-three state and city jurisdictions have taken up the issue of fair scheduling in some form.   As public awareness of the impact of these practices increases so too will the demand for fair scheduling policies that help workers and their families find the stability they need to thrive.”

The link to the report can be found here: The Impact on Oregonians of the Rise of Irregular Scheduling 

 

 

February 14, 2017

PeaceJam 2017: Nobel Peace Laureate Oscar Arias and A Bold Peace

On February 16, 6-8:00 pm in the Mills International Center, (M102 Erb Memorial Union at the UO), Sociology Professor Michael Dreiling will screen his award winning documentary, A Bold Peace, on the impact of Costa Rica’s radical choice of national disarmament. President Oscar Arias is featured in the film and will visit the campus on March 10. Comments and a Q&A will follow the film.

Mark your calendar for PeaceJam’s program featuring Nobel Peace Laureate and former Costa Rican president, Oscar Arias. Arias will deliver a public lecture at the UO on March 10th 6-8pm in Ford Alumni Ctr. Ballroom. PeaceJam workshops March 11-12. More at the UO Global Justice Program.

Synopsis of the film:

More than 60 years ago, Costa Rica became one of the only nations in the world to disband their military and to redirect national resources towards education, health, and the environment. Since then, Costa Rica has earned the number one spot in the Happy Planet Index, a ranking of countries based on the ecological footprint, happiness and health of their citizens.

A Bold Peace brings attention to Costa Rica’s inspirational national project, answering why happiness, health, and human rights occupy a relatively prominent place in this Central American country.

www.aboldpeace.com – trailer, poster & press kit

English, Spanish with English Subtitles

 

Sponsored by: PeaceJam, Office of the President, Latin American Studies, College of Arts & Sciences, Environmental Studies, Political Science, Sociology, Global Justice Program, History, and the Office of the Provost.

 

February 7, 2017

New article in Social Problems by Professor Michael Dreiling

New article in Social Problems by Professor Michael Dreiling, UO alum Nicholas Lougee & Tomoyasu Nakamura: “After the Meltdown: Explaining the Silence of Japanese Environmental Organizations on the Fukushima Nuclear Crisis”

January 31, 2017

Sociology Job & Internship Digest (Week 4 Edition)

Greetings, Sociology Students!

Welcome to Week 4.  The term seems to be flying by and I know you’ve got a lot on your plate.  Just a gentle reminder that putting aside time for career advising, a visit to the weekly Career Crash Course! workshop, and time for your internship search will position you well to make a smooth transition from college to career.

WEDNESDAY WORKSHOP: GETTING AN INTERNSHIP

Towards that end, this week I’m presenting a workshop called “How To Find An Internship” (part of the ongoing Career Crash Course!) at 4 pm on Wednesday (2/1) in PLC 412.  What is an internship?  Do I really need one?  How do I find one?  What’s the best place to look?  What if no internship is posted?  All are questions I plan on addressing, so take a break and come join us.

NEW JOB & INTERNSHIP LEADS

Attached to this message is the latest Sociology Job & Internship Digest, which includes new and continuing opportunities to gain experience in a variety of career fields now and beyond graduation.  Take a few moments to browse through and let me know if you have questions about anything!

COME IN FOR A CAREER CONSULTATION 

My drop-in office hours this term are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 am to 3 pm in PLC 405.  I also have limited availability for appointments on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  If you want to explore the range of career options available to you, create/revise your resume or cover letter, prepare for an interview, or discuss graduate school, stop by and see me.  I look forward to meeting you!

Best,

Bill Sherman, Career Advisor

PLC 405 | wsherman@uoregon.edu

January 17, 2017

Ski Slopes to Start-Ups: How an Athlete Turned Pro in Sports Marketing

Check out this article on the recent successes of our very own alumni, Ryan Barnes, BS ’98. You can read more about what he’s been up to since graduating and his journey to where he is today.

Ski Slopes to Start-Ups: How an Athlete Turned Pro in Sports Marketing

October 31, 2016

UO sociologist wins major grant to explore U.S. pediatric care

Congratulations to Professor Pascoe and PostDoc Liberty Barnes!  See the details in the “Around the O”

October 27, 2016

A Bold Peace

Professor Michael Dreiling will be screening his film A Bold Peace in 156 Straub this coming Thursday, 6-8pm for students. There will be plenty of extra seats if you are interested and available.

A week later, the film will be screened at the Bijou on 13th, 6-8pm, Nov. 3rd. More info and tickets are available online here: http://www.encirclefilms.org/

And then two weeks later, the film will be playing at the Eugene International Film Festival – times and dates TBD.

About the Film:

Produced and Directed by:  Matthew Eddy and Michael Dreiling

Released in the Summer of 2016, A Bold Peace, the recipient of several awards, is now screening at several film festivals in the U.S. and UK. Check back, or like us on Facebook for information about viewing or purchasing the film.

Over 60 years ago, Costa Rica became one of the only nations in the world to disband their military and to redirect national resources towards education, health, and the environment. Since then, Costa Rica has earned the number one spot in the Happy Planet Index, a ranking of countries based on measures of environmental protection and the happiness and health of its citizens.  And the World Database of Happiness, with data on 149 nations compiled by a Dutch sociologist, lists Costa Rica as number one in self-reported happiness and number one in happy life years.

A Bold Peace juxtaposes the national policy of demilitarization (since 1948-49) with their investment in education, health, and the environment. Pointed parallels and contrasts are made with recent U.S. debates over the national debt, healthcare, the environment and the escalating cost of U.S. militarism. The film features former presidents, officials and scholars from the UN University for Peace, the University of Costa Rica, Costa Rican government officials and ambassadors, leaders of major national co-operatives, as well as journalists and citizens of Costa Rica. Unfortunately, the Costa Rican example has received very little international attention. This documentary film will bring attention to Costa Rica’s inspirational national project, answering why happiness, health, and human rights occupy a relatively prominent place in this Central American country.

May 19, 2016

Working Futures: Perspectives on Labor from the Global South

Join Professor Eileen Otis and other sociologists and anthropologists at the Working Futures symposium on May 27th. Full details available at the CSWS website or in the image below.

May 5, 2016

Spring Colloquium 5/9/16

The next colloquium of Spring term will be this Monday, May 9th. Jean Philippe Sapinski will present “Corporations and Climate Change: The Hegemony of Climate Capitalism.”

The presentation will be held from 12-1 PM in 714 PLC.  Light refreshments will be provided.

April 28, 2016

Green Resilient Office Certification

The Department of Sociology recently earned its Green Resilient Office certification, and was presented a certificate by President Schill.  View the photo and story at Around the O!

 

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