Negotiations at the June 2 bargaining session hit a wall when UO’s team brought back a counterproposal that would continue to require GEs to pay $61 per term in student fees. When GTFF pointed out that this requires us to pay our wages back to them, UO tried to separate our student and employee roles, claiming that fees don’t claw back wages because they “thought people were here to get an education.”
Today’s bargaining session went from tense to contentious as the GTFF Bargaining Team held firm on our initial salary proposal: a 30 percent increase to the minimum GE salary, and a 16 percent raise for all other GEs in the first year of the new contract. We also presented our brand new Caregiver Article, which… Continue reading UO still refuses to recognize what GEs need
This post reproduces an email sent to GTFF members on May 5, 2023. In today’s bargaining session, UO’s team finally presented counterproposals to GTFF! We began negotiations by allowing UO the time to showcase their changes to Appendix A, Article 3, 9, 12, 16, and 25. Overall, their offers for these articles are aimed at… Continue reading UO finally brought counteroffers—to keep the status quo.
Our email update following last Friday’s session went out today. You can read it at this link. If you’re a current member and you didn’t receive the message, please try the following:
Today’s bargaining session, focusing on support and resources for international GEs, was moving—on the GTFF side. UO’s team appeared mostly unmoved. After international GEs shared powerful testimony about the sacrifices they have made to study at UO, GTFF’s team proposed the addition of a new article, titled Support and Resources for International GEs, to the… Continue reading UO’s team is ‘pretty happy with the contract as-is.’ We’re not.
We are meeting the UO team this Friday, April 21, at noon to negotiate international GE living and working conditions! The article that we are proposing includes covering mandatory fees, housing security, tax preparation, travel funds, paid training, and more. We need your help to strengthen our arguments by sharing your experiences and testimonies. We… Continue reading International GEs: Share your story!
GTFF has presented 13 proposals so far (more to come in upcoming sessions!) and UO has only presented 3 proposals. They have communicated that we should expect to see more of their proposals at the next session.
Today, our team presented in detail changes we’ve proposed to Articles 3, 8, 9, 10, 12, 17, 25, and 35, as well as Appendix A. The University asked a few questions, but did not bring proposals of their own; they stated that we should expect to see some of their proposals at the next session.… Continue reading 4/7 Session Recap: GTFF’s Proposal Walkthrough
Thank you to everyone who showed up to our very first rally at Johnson Hall last week! The weather was perfect, the vibes were incredible, and it was so amazing to see support from folks like the UO Student Workers, the faculty union (UAUO) the unionized classified workers (SEIU), and of course, our members!
THANK YOU to everyone who was able to attend our town hall last week! If you weren’t able to make it, here’s what happened: