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Levels of Membership
Members, Associate Members and Legacy Members all enjoy many benefits additional to having a democratic say in their union, which may be found here.
- Full Member: These are graduate employees who are part of the bargaining unit and have elected to pay full dues to become a fully participating member of the union. Members have full voting rights and may participate at any level of leadership within the union.
- Associate Member: These are graduate students who may not have a job assignment from the university for one or more terms. These students elect to pay the equivalent fees of a member of the union. Associate members enjoy full rights as a union member except they cannot vote in contract ratification votes or in strike authorization votes. However, they may participate at any level of leadership within the union.
- Legacy Member: Students who have graduated or otherwise lost eligibility for membership may request Legacy Membership. Legacy members also pay dues equivalent to what a member would pay. Legacy members may participate at any level of leadership within the union and may vote on any issue–excluding affiliation, collective bargaining agreement ratification, and strike votes.
- Non-Member: These are graduate employees who are still part of the bargaining unit of all graduate employees. They do not pay their share in dues and have no voting rights or say in how the union is run. The GTFF represents all graduate employees at UO, regardless of membership status.
GEs who become Members contribute a percentage of their salary to cover the costs of negotiating and defending our contract. Dues are automatically deducted from your paycheck each month. See the table below for the current dues structure.
|Monthly Salary||Dues Rate||Monthly Contribution|
|≤ $1,110.99||2.1%||≤ $23.33|
|$1,111.00 — $1,944.99||2.2%||$24.44 — $42.79|
|≥ $1,945.00||2.3%||≥ $44.79|
Associate & Legacy Member Dues
GEs who become Associate Members contribute a fixed amount of $48.05 each term (~$16.02 per month and/or $144.15 per year/3 terms) to cover the costs of negotiating and defending our contract.
See the table above for the current dues structure. Associate Member dues are calculated using 2.1% of a 0.2FTE GE minimum salary.