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ASUO Elections This Week!

The ASUO, our campus-wide student government, will be holding elections for the 2014-2015 academic year in the coming weeks.

This is an important election for graduate students to pay attention to and participate in. Students will be voting on a ballot measure that would increase graduate student representation on the ASUO Senate. In addition, three GTFs are running in this election under the GTFF-endorsed Ducks Like You slate, which is supportive of the above ballot measure.

The new ballot measure will add three academic seats to the ASUO Senate, bringing the total number of Senate seats up to 24. Each Senate seat represents a proportion of the UO student body. Given the number of graduate students currently enrolled at the UO, this new ballot measure would then guarantee that at least one Senate seat would be filled by a graduate student. If an even larger proportion of graduate students enroll at the UO next year, there is a possibility that two of these seats will be held by grads.

GTFs Evan Shenkin, Camila Alvarez, and Martha Camargo are running in the ASUO elections under the Ducks Like You campaign. Shenkin, a Sociology steward, decided to run in this slate “because of how impressed I was with candidates including Beatriz Gutierrez, Tran Dinh, and Patrick Kindred, who exemplify the best qualities of academic life in their support for substantive inclusion, environmentalism, and empowerment of students from diverse backgrounds.” The Ducks Like You platform hopes to:

• Push the UO to divest from fossil fuel stocks
• Dedicate funds for STD/STI testing
• Expand counseling and accessibility services on campus
• Provide training to create a safer UO community
• Form a student tenant association to combat high rent prices
• Provide attainable resources for international students
• Prioritize funding for student groups and campus events
• Increase communication and transparency at the UO

The GTFF has endorsed Ducks Like You, and you can read more about the group on their website at

ASUO Elections open Monday, April 14th. Voting occurs through your DuckWeb account  (under the ‘Student Menu’ tab). Don’t miss out on this important opportunity to increase graduate student power and representation in our student government!

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April Issue of The Agitator!

Download the April 2014 issue of the GTFF’s monthly newsletter here:

Or, swing by the GTFF office for a print copy of your own or to share!

In this issue:

  • Reflections on AFT-Oregon conference
  • The Agitator wins an award!
  • ASUO election endorsements

. . . and much more!


Upcoming Bargaining Sessions—This Friday and Beyond

The first bargaining session of spring quarter—and the first session under an expired Collective Bargaining Agreement—will be held on Friday, April 11 at 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. in Lillis 112. This session will be immediately followed by a GTFF General Membership Meeting at the Campbell Center (155 High St.) from 6 to 8 p.m.

The schedule for bargaining sessions for the remainder of the term is as follows:

Friday, April 18, 3 – 5 p.m., Lillis 112

Friday, April 25, 2 – 5 p.m., Location TBD

Wednesday, May 7, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m., Location TBD

Friday, May 9, 2 – 5 p.m., Location TBD

Wednesday, May 14, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m., Location TBD

Thursday, May 15, 1 – 4 p.m., Location TBD

Remember, all bargaining sessions are open to the public—so please come and support the GTFF in our efforts to finalize bargaining quickly!


Bargaining Update – March 21st Session

The GTFF and the UofO Administration held the final bargaining session before the current GTFF collective bargaining agreement expired on March 31st. Following is a summary of that session.

The next bargaining session, and first of the Spring Quarter, will be held on April 11th at 3:30pm in Lillis 112. This session will be immediately followed by a GTFF General Membership Meeting at the Campbell Center (155 High St.) from 6 to 8pm.

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Bargaining Update – March 19, 2014

The University of Oregon Administration and GTFF had another bargaining session on Friday, March 14th. Following is a description of that session. The next session is Friday, March 21 at 3:30pm in Gerlinger 302.

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