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GTFF 3544 Newsletter

Upcoming Events ~ News

Welcome (back) to Eugene!

Upcoming Events

Keep an eye out for events through email or on our Facebook page!
  • Grad School Orientation
    GTFF will be represented during UO's graduate student orientation. If you'd like to get involved, let us know!
    - Date: Tuesday, 9/18
    - Time: 9:00 am

  • New GE Happy Hour
    It'll be a great time to meet with new GEs from all over the university. Drinks and snacks will be provided. Come join us, and invite others! 
    Date: Tuesday, 9/18 
    Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 
    Location: GTFF Office (609 E. 13th Ave. Eugene, OR)

  • Other GE Orientation Week Events
    Check with your hiring department for orientation meetings specific to your area. If you'd like to get involved in GTFF efforts in your department's orientation, let us know!
    - Date: Monday, 9/17 - Friday, 9/21

  • General Membership Meeting
    Meet this year’s officers! Socialize with other GEs! Sing about solidarity! 
    Learn about:
    -  Changes to our health insurance
    -  Bargaining our next contract
    -  The 40th Anniversary Celebration
     Food and drinks provided. After-party at McMenamins on 19th.

    - Date: Friday, 9/28
    - Time: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    - Location:
    South Eugene High School cafeteria (400 E. 19th Ave. Eugene, OR)

Since Last Time

Union Members have participated in the following events during the last half of summer:
  • Summer Game Night
    We had a great time last month with GTFF members and their families! There were snacks, drinks, and all sorts of games provided. More events like this will be held throughout the coming year. If you're interested in helping out, let us know!

  • E-Board and E-Council Retreats
    Our union leaders have been hard at work learning how to best serve our members through this year of bargaining, 40th anniversary celebrations, and organizing post-Janus. Interested in becoming a leader yourself? Contact Executive Board officers at

Know Your Contract

According to our Collective Bargaining Agreement, Article 10, Section 2, you have the right to a workspace that fulfills the following requirements: 
  • working locks on doors
  • properly and securely installed partitions and shelving
  • safe and appropriate furnishings
  • provided with the same custodial services on the same schedule as other similar spaces in the department or building/facility
  • a desk space in a room able to be locked with no more than 2 GEs assigned to share that desk
  • access to gender inclusive restrooms comparable to other employee groups

The rights and privileges of GEs at UO are fought for and won through bargaining! In order to best represent our members, we need input from everyone, including you! 

Bargaining Survey!

This year is a bargaining year! Every three years, we re-negotiate our contract with the university. Our contract outlines compensation, benefits, and requirements for work assignments and workplace safety. In past bargaining cycles, we have achieved for all GEs: higher pay, better health insurance, family leave, diversity training requirements, and much more.
Please fill out a quick survey about your priorities as a worker and as a student here at University of Oregon. This is your chance to participate in the process of setting our bargaining priorities for the upcoming bargaining cycle. 

Member Organizer Institute

Want to learn how to make our union stronger?

Our local will be participating in AFT-Oregon's Member Organizer Institute (MOI), a training and development opportunity for emerging leaders who are ready to take their union organizing skills to the next level and build our local for the future.

MOI is a three-month intensive paid training program that teaches organizing skills through real-world experience in concert with staff and local leaders. This program capitalizes on one of our most valuable resources--our members--to help build union power and activism.

The goal of the institute is to train union members to build power, grow our membership, engage current members in our union, and ensure the long-term sustainability of our local by having members trained to continue their organizing work and help develop our members after participating in the institute.

We are looking for members who are interested in using this development opportunity as a way to jump-start or deepen a long-term involvement with our local. Does that sound like you? Read on...

Program highlights include: 

  • Attend a three-day organizing training with other MOI/academy participants
  • Get real-world experience under guidance from progressional organizing staff
  • Regular team meetings with other MOI participants to compare and learn
  • Establish and builld organizing practices for our local
Admittance to the institute is competitive and will be based on an application and interview.

Send your applications and questions to Jessica Foster, jfoster@aft.org. A detailed position description and application form is attached here. The application deadline is September 20, 2018, but it is recommend that you submit your application ASAP to be considered for the program.

Your Guide to the 2018 Oregon Ballot Measures

If you are eligible and you have not yet registered to vote in Oregon, please do so by October 16, 2018. This state is an entirely vote-by-mail state. This means that you will need a stamp for your ballot or to drop it at a ballot box. Ballots must be received by November 6, 2018.  

There will likely be five ballot measures on the November ballot—dealing with housing affordability, sales taxes, state budgets and revenue bills, sanctuary state status, and public funding for abortion.

  • Measure 102: “Allow Municipal Bonds for Affordable Housing Amendment”
    This ballot measure is intended to allow cities (primarily Portland) and counties to vote to use bond revenues to pay for privately owned affordable housing. Currently, local bonds are not allowed to be used to pay private companies. This is a legislative referral which means that the legislature approved this to go to a vote on the November ballot and is primarily supported by the Portland City government. It is meant to serve affordable housing needs in Clackamas, Washington, and Multnomah counties. Our parent unions support this measure.

  • Measure 103: “Ban Tax on Groceries Initiative”
    This ballot measure is intended to amend the Oregon constitution to prevent any city or local taxes on the sale of and corporate distribution of groceries (defined as any raw or processed food or beverages intended for human consumption with the exceptions of alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana). This particular initiative cuts two ways: The measure is mainly supported by grocery lobbies which pose that supporting the measure will prevent regressive taxes on basic necessities which most impact financially vulnerable and food insecure households. Supporting the measure, however, may also allow grocery corporations to avoid paying taxes on the sale and distribution of groceries in the state of Oregon (which is a much more substantial tax revenue).  Our parent unions oppose this measure.
  • Measure 104: “Definition of Raising Revenue for Three-Fifths Vote Requirement Initiative”
    This ballot measure is intended to amend the Oregon constitution to require a three-fifths supermajority vote for any legislation that increases revenue through changes in tax exemptions, credits, or deductions. This measure is primarily supported by business coalitions and may make it much harder for the legislature to eliminate evident tax loopholes. Our parent unions oppose this measure.
  • Measure 105: “Repeal Sanctuary State Law Initiative” (formerly Initiative Petition 22)
    This ballot measure is intended to repeal the state’s 1987 sanctuary law (Oregon Revised Statute 181A.820) which currently limits cooperation between local and federal law enforcement and ensures that local law enforcement focus on local issues. This measure is supported by anti-immigrant committees formed within the last year. Our parent unions oppose this measure.
  • Measure 106: “Oregon Ban Public Funds for Abortions Initiative”
    This ballot measure is intended to amend the Oregon constitution to reduce access to abortion by eliminating the use of publicly funded healthcare plans (used by public employees and Medicaid recipients) if those insurance plans cover abortion. Currently, locals bargain for their healthcare coverage options and the constitution allows for the use of state-funded healthcare plans to be used for abortion when the procedure is approved by medical professional. Our parent unions oppose this measure.

News on Dues

As part of the election in Spring 2018, members voted to change the union bylaws to adjust member dues if the Supreme Court sided with Janus in the above-mentioned court case. The change in bylaws was originally proposed so that existing members could help cover any revenue shortfall, due to the fact that we can no longer collect dues from non-members (formerly "fair-sharers").

These changes may have increased your member dues by 0.1-0.2% from the previous academic year. The dues rate depends on the amount a member makes per month:

≤ $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

For more information, please speak to our Staff Organizer, Michael Marchman, or visit our website.

Did you know...

that 2018 marks GTFF's 40th year of fighting for GEs at the UofO?
Keep an eye out for news about events, and check out the 40th Anniversary website.

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