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GTFF Day of Action – April 25, 2014

On Friday, April 25th the GTFF encourages you to attend a number of events around the University of Oregon campus.

  • At noon, outside Johnson Hall, the GTFF will be holding  a rally in support of the union’s current bargaining with the University Administration. Help show that we’re serious about a fair contract.
  • From 1pm until 3pm, in Allen Hall room 221, will be the Student Debt Forum sponsored by our allies in Less-T. On this day it is estimated that student debt will reach 1 trillion dollars. Learn about the implications of this major financial burden on our nation’s next generation of leaders. And, there will be food.
  • At 3pm until 6pm, in Lillis Hall room 112, will be another bargaining session between the University of Oregon Administration and the GTFF. Come support the bargaining team as they attempt to reach an agreement on a fair contract for all GTFs.

Attend any and all of these events to show your support for causes close to the hearts of GTFs. A flyer for the series of events is available here.

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Bargaining Update – April 11th

Attached is a report of the bargaining session on April 11th. It covers topics discussed at the session including testimony by a GTFF member on layoffs, a review of counter proposals submitted by the GTFF, an overview of the GTFF Health and Welfare Trust report completed for this session and a look at the financial estimates presented by the Administration. You can get the summary here.

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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
duckslikeyou.com.

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: http://gtff3544.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/AgitatorApril14.pdf

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!

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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!