The Action Plan for the year 2020 – 50 Years Anniversary

The Association of University Researchers and Teachers at the University of Eastern Finland (ITTE) is a trade union for academics. The union’s members work at universities, research centers, administration, in the private as well as the third sectors. The common ground for its members is their expertise obtained through education and experience. The union advocates for members’ salaries, social security and job security.

ITTE ry as a member association of The Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers (FUURT) is also affiliated to the Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff in Finland (AKAVA). ITTE ry cooperates with the central confederation of FUURT and its local branches, the central organizations of AKAVA, JUKO and other trade unions which are active at the University of Eastern Finland. The particularly intensive cooperation is with Information Industry Academics (INA). ITTE ry enhances its effectiveness by increasing the number of members and by the adequate representation of university staff categories in the organization of the association.

In the year 2020 it becomes 50 years since the establishment of the association for researchers and assistants in Joensuu. The association merged with the sister association in Kuopio in 2010 forming the current Itä-Suomen Tieteentekijät, ITTE ry. In celebration of the 50 years anniversary ITTE will organize an anniversary seminar and jubilee in March 2020.


The union monitors members’ benefits by shop-stewards and participating actively in the development of the UEF in governing bodies. At the local level, the union endeavors to protect and to improve the benefits of doctoral students, university teachers, post-doctoral researchers, university researchers, university lecturers and other members of the association. Particular attention is paid to the position of members that are on a short-term contract. The union promotes the employment of its members also outside university. The association promotes equality. The union influences that research, training and other activities would be built on the ethically strong basis. The questions relevant for scholarship researchers and international members attract continuously attention.

The communication between members and the board

The board is in contact with its members via e-mails, newsletters, website and Facebook.

Activities for members

In the year 2020 the union organizes for its members training and leisure events. The objective is to activate members to participate more in various lobbying and other responsibilities. In case members need some particular activities, the board shall decide about it.

The Union for University Researchers and Teachers (FUURT) has now been active in offering new kind of member benefits. These include e.g. webinars for finding jobs outside academia. ITTE will inform actively its members about union benefits.

ITTE will continue to arrange already traditional gatherings (annual meetings, Wappu, terrace happenings, opening of the academic year etc.) and in 2020 the special effort will be focused on the 50 year anniversary happenings in March.