Welcome to your union!

GTFF: Over 1,400 Graduate Employees (GEs) at the University of Oregon, leveraging our collective power to win better working conditions, defend our benefits and protections, and move towards a safer, more equitable, and more democratic university

Our History

One of the first-ever graduate worker unions, the GTFF was founded in 1975 and has fought for GEs for decades. Our early union efforts in the 1970s and 80s led to contracts with UO for multiple 14%+ raises, maximum workload limits, grievance procedures, and rights to safe and healthy workplaces. Our union’s members build on the victories of the past year after year, winning affordable, quality health insurance, lower student fees, pay raises, gender identity protections, dedicated funds for childcare and medical expenses, and more. Read more about our history and past wins here.

Our Goals

  • Improve the quality of life for GEs in the areas of salary, workload, and working conditions through collective bargaining and the enforcement of our contract
  • Fight for an adequately funded educational system, accessible for all people
  • Help create a revitalized, socially-aware union movement to be a positive force for change in the entire community

Get Involved!

Learn more about benefits to GTFF membership and join our union!

The GTFF is a democratic organization of you and your fellow Graduate Employee colleagues. Everything we do is the result of members getting together to talk, organize, and take action.

Find out how to get involved in your union community here. To be a part of organizing for a safer campus, join our COVID-19 Strategizing meetings. To join a caucus of members with shared identities, interests, backgrounds, or beliefs, look here.

For online, private conversations with fellow GEs, we highly recommend members join the GTFF members-only Slack and the GTFF private Facebook Group. Also follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!