Solidarity Statements and Press Releases

Statement of Condemnation of White Supremacist Violence

The GTFF vehemently condemns the acts of insurrection and violent white supremacy displayed last Wednesday in the U.S. Capitol and more locally this weekend across the state of Oregon. Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and Jewish people disproportionately experience white supremacist violence — at the hands of individuals and through the discipline of the state […]

Operations Committee Post-Election Statement

The GTFF Operations Committee stands in opposition to the ongoing white supremacist and anti-Black violence in this country and is meeting to organize around post-election violence by white supremacists and the potential refusal of President Trump to step down from office.  We understand that the threat of white supremacist violence has always been a threat […]

GTFF Statement in Solidarity with African Colleagues

The Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation stands in solidarity with our African colleagues at the University of Oregon. Our union is committed to creating spaces for African students and scholars to gain a sense of community and to advocate together for university policies that provide the material and emotional support required to complete a university degree […]

GEO Solidarity Statement

The GTFF stands in solidarity with striking graduate employees from the Graduate Employee Organization (GEO) at the University of Michigan (UM). GEO is on strike because of UM’s inability to appropriately and responsibly address COVID-19 health, safety, and financial concerns, in addition to their refusal to adopt GEO’s anti-policing demands, which include disarming and demilitarizing […]

Solidarity with Pac-12 Unity Football Players

The Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation (AFT Local 3544) stands in solidarity with Pac-12 Football Unity and strongly supports players’ demands for Covid-related health and safety protections, medical insurance coverage, financial compensation through revenue distribution, and a tangible commitment of institutional resources for racial justice. GTFF recognizes the important contributions by Oregon Ducks football players in […]

Press Release: GTFF Welcomes UO’s Involvement as Lead Plaintiff in Lawsuit against ICE Restrictions on International Students

The Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation (AFT Local 3544) welcomes the University of Oregon’s involvement as a lead plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking a Temporary Restraining Order against the changes by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) which impose severe restrictions on international students in the midst of a pandemic. […]

Response to President Schill’s email about the Pioneer statues

In response to the recent removal of the Pioneer and Pioneer Mother statues by local anti-racist activists, President Schill displayed a profound ignorance of the statues’ history as symbols of white supremacy on campus. In referring to the statues’ removal as “acts of destruction,” President Schill made it clear that he places greater value in […]

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