The Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation and the University of Oregon Administration are currently in the process of working out a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) for graduate teaching fellows (GTFs). This page serves as composite source for information about bargaining.
- Information for Faculty, Staff, Students and GTFs
- State of Bargaining entering the 2014-2015 Academic Year
- Correcting Misunderstanding
- Articles still open
- Information about the Strike Authorization Vote
- Statements of Support
- TA’d Articles (articles finished for final CBA)
- Bargaining in the News
- Public Statements by the GTFF about bargaining
- Updates from individual bargaining sessions
The GTFF and University of Oregon enter into contract negotiations every two years. A contract for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 academic year began in November of 2013 and is currently still ongoing.
Information for Faculty, Staff, Students and GTFs
Here are numerous FAQs about bargaining.
- Legal Rights for GTFs about a strike
- Information for International GTFs
- Letter (and FAQ) for undergraduates
- Clarifications of Misinformation being stated by the Administration
State of Bargaining entering 2014-15 AY
A description of the state of bargaining after the summer of 2014 and where the GTFF looks to go from here to finalize a contract is available here.
The GTFF has heard some misinformation about our bargaining. Some clarification information is available here.
Articles still open
There are a number of articles that are still opening and being discussed by the two bargaining teams. These articles can be broken into 2 categories, articles that are in the financial package and those that deal with ratification. The two groups are divided up accordingly below.
Financial Package Articles
All financial package articles must be agreed to as a complete package. The teams have effectively agreed to language on some articles (marked with a *), but since they are part of the overall financial package, they have not been finalized and could still change before a final agreement on the financial package has been reached.
|Article 18||Summer Session*||Latest Admin Proposal||Latest GTFF Proposal
(same as Admin Proposal)
|Article 21||Salary||Latest Admin Proposals:
|Latest GTFF Proposal|
|Article 22||Tuition Waivers*||Latest Admin Proposal||Latest GTFF Proposal
(same as Admin Proposal)
|Article 23||Health Insurance||Latest Admin Proposal||Latest GTFF Proposal|
|Article 28||Absences||Latest Admin Proposal||Latest GTFF Proposal|
|Appendix B||Family and Medical Leave||Latest Admin Proposal||Keep current appendix
language if no paid leave
A few notes:
- For article 21, salary, the Administration has most recently proposed two options, one that provides raises of 6.1% for level I GTFs and 3% raises for levels II and III for both years, and a second that provides 5% increase for all minimum rates in year 1 and 4% for all minimum rates in year 2. The Administration has stated they are open to other suggestions for how to provide raises, as long as the total cost of the raises is the same as their proposals (around $1.02 million over the two years of the contract).
- Article 22, tuition waivers, also contains language about student fees. Limiting tuition waivers for GTFs was never a topic discussed by either side, but changing how GTFs pay student fees was discussed, which is why this article was opened.
- The Administration transferred nearly all of the language in the Family and Medical Leave appendix into their proposal for article 28, it was not just cut entirely.
- The evolution of the “size” of financial packages is below. You can click the image for a PDF.
The GTFF believes the Board of Trustees, not the University President, should be the body that ratifies the agreement between the GTFF and the University, just as the state Board of Higher Education had been in the entire 38 year history of the GTFF. Giving this power to the President would be an unprecedented change in our own collective bargaining agreement and in graduate student CBA’s nationally, as no other University President has this authority.
As the public body that runs the University of Oregon and oversees its mission, priorities and values, the Board of Trustees should play a key role in overseeing how these are reflected in collective bargaining agreements, rather than the President, whose turn over is much faster than that of the Board. The Board of Trustees, just as the Board of Higher Education had done, can delegate the negotiations to other parties, but the GTFF believes that the Board should hold the final ratification power to guarantee the University is living up to its long-standing values with respect to its employees.
|Article 31||Negotiation of Successor Agreement||Latest Admin Proposal||Latest GTFF Proposal|
|Article 33||Notices and Communications||Latest Admin Proposal||Latest GTFF Proposal|
How do I read these, you might ask. Colored text are changes from the current CBA. Green or blue text is language written by one side that the other has accepted. Red text are changes being proposed by the side writing a proposal. In the health insurance proposal by the Administration, some red crossed-out text is language proposed by the Administration previously that they are removing in the latest proposal.
Strike Authorization Vote
In the Spring 2014 term, the GTFF membership voted overwhelmingly, 98% in favor, to authorize a strike if the University were unwilling to agree to a platform set by the membership. Information about the strike follows.
- State of Bargaining before the Strike Authorization Vote
- Announcement of the Strike Authorization Vote
- Strike FAQ – contains information about both strikes in general and the strike platform set by the membership
- Update after Day 1 of Voting
- Announcement of Vote Results
Statements of Support
The GTFF has received the support of a number of different organizations. These statements are available here.
Following are articles that have been “TA’d” (tentatively agreed to). This means both sides have agreed to the new contract language, signed off on it, and set that article aside to be included in the finalized agreement.
|Article 3||Union Rights||Opened by Administration||Signed 2/14/14|
|Article 4||Dues deductions/Fair Share Members||Opened by Administration||Signed 2/21/14|
|Article 8||Nondiscrimination||Opened by GTFF||Signed 4/18/14|
|Article 9||Work Agreement/Work Assignment||Opened by GTFF||Signed 9/30/14|
|Article 10||Health, Safety and Work Environment||Opened by GTFF||Signed 5/7/14|
|Article 12||Evaluations||Opened by Administration||Signed 2/14/14|
|Article 13||Grievances||Opened by GTFF||Signed 3/14/14|
|Article 15||Arbitration||Opened by Administration||Signed 2/14/14|
|Article 16||Discipline and Discharge||Opened by Administration||Signed 3/14/14|
|Article 17||Appointment/Reappointment||Opened by GTFF||Signed 5/9/14|
|Article 20||Layoffs||Opened by GTFF||Signed 5/9/14|
|Article 25||Courses as a Condition of Employment||Opened by Administration||Signed 3/21/14|
|Article 30||Severability||Opened by Administration||Signed 2/14/14|
|Article 32||Printing and Distribution of the Contract||Opened by Administration||Signed 2/14/14|
|Appendix H||Ongoing Systematic Monitoring of Course Load||Opened by GTFF||Signed 3/21/14|
|New Appendix||Criminal Records Checks||Opened by Administration||Signed 3/14/14|
|New Appendix||Drug Testing||Opened by Administration||Signed 4/18/14|
Bargaining in the News
The GTFF has had much news coverage in relation to bargaining. Below are links to these articles.
- “I Really Love My University, Which is Why I’m Going On Strike” Meaghan Emery. The Huffington Post Blog. Nov. 21, 2014.
- “U. of Oregon Draws Criticism for Response to Threatened TA Strike” Peter Schmidt. The Chronicle of Higher Education – The Ticker. Nov. 20, 2014
- “Will your GTF strike on finals week? Here’s what you need to know” Francesca Fontana. Daily Emerald. Nov. 17, 2014
- “GTFF rally addresses Provost’s message and potential strike” Francesca Fontana. Daily Emerald. Nov. 17, 2014
- “GTF and mother Danielle Perry speaks out about GTFF strike” Francesca Fontana. Daily Emerald. Nov. 3, 2014
- “Graduate Teachers prepared to strike” Diane Dietz. The Register Guard. Nov. 2, 2014
- “GTFF votes to strike for fair wages, paid leave” Francesca Fontana. Daily Emerald. Oct. 27, 2014.
- “Graduate Fellows Issues Strike Notice” Rachel McDonald. KLCC. Oct. 27, 2014.
- “Possible GTFF Strike at UO” Chenue Her. KEZI. Oct. 27, 2014
- “Teaching Fellows vote ‘yes’ to strike if UO doesn’t meet demands” Kelly Anderson. KVAL. Oct. 26, 2014.
- “UO’s Grad Employees deserve Parental Leave” opinion piece to Register Guard (Aug. 19, 2014)
- “Graduate Teaching Fellows hold ‘Work-in‘” from KLCC (May 24, 2014)
- “GTFF Members and sympathizers rally outside Johnson Hall as contract negotiations continue” from The Daily Emerald (May 23, 2014)
- “UO student teachers approve strike” from The Register Guard (May 23, 2014)
- “Marchers to Rally for Workers Rights” from KEZI (May 1, 2014)
- “Graduate Teaching Fellows Rally at UO” (April 25, 2014)
- “Events Tackle Student Debt Issue” (April 25, 2014)
- “UO Graduate Teaching Fellows Say Pay Falls Short” (April 25, 2014)
- GTFF President David Craig speaking with Carl Wolfson on his radio show Carl in the Morning on 91.1 KXRY in Portland (April 21, 2014)
- The GTFF rallies for major dental coverage outside Johnson Hall. Jennifer Hernandez. Oregon Daily Emerald. Feb. 14, 2014.
- U of O Graduate Student Teachers Rally for Increased Compensation. Karen Richards. KLCC. Feb. 14, 2014.
- University negotiates with Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation continues today. Jennifer Hernandez. Oregon Daily Emerald. Feb. 7, 2014.
Public Statements about Bargaining
The GTFF has taken advantage of a number of opportunities to speak to the campus community, the public, and the University Administration about bargaining. Fellow are a collection of a variety of statements made by members of the GTFF.
- GTFF Statement at 2014 Department Head Retreat
- GTF statements at the Board of Trustees meeting on September 11 and 12, 2014
Bargaining Session Updates
Below are updates released by the GTFF that cover individual bargaining sessions.