Bargaining Update – 6th Mediation Session

Letter from the President:

6th Mediation Session


This past week we held our first mediation session of the summer term. Our bargaining team came prepared with a full economic package as well as a number of non-economic proposals on our rights to meet with incoming GEs during orientation week and grievances. The administration’s team spent the day reviewing our economic package but was unable to develop any counter proposals. At the end of the day, we reached a tentative agreement (TA) on a new article on workplace bullying and harassment, as well improvements to GE participation in departmental GE hiring processes!

Current Proposals

The package we came with constitutes significant movement towards an agreement, and it was presented on the condition that the administration drops its proposed restructuring of our compensation package by slashing insurance to artificially inflate salaries. The summary of our economic package is as follows:

  • 6% salary increases each year for three years.
  • Status quo on regular academic year health insurance coverage.
  • Reductions to summer health insurance costs by bringing them in line with the regular year.
  • Eliminate student fees for both the regular academic year and the summer term.
  • Shift the amount of money we moved from other areas of the package into targeted summer support for international GEs. Based on feedback from the International GE Caucus, we proposed a number forms this funding could take, from need-based fellowships to increased GE employment opportunities.
  • Reductions to childcare costs during regular academic year and summer term.
  • An agreement between GTFF and UO to explore the possibility of moving our insurance to a “self-funded” model (a move that would save hundreds of thousands of dollars without sacrificing the integrity of the plan) on the condition that the GTFF Health and Welfare Trust remain in full control of the benefits and structure of the plan.

Where We're At

While it’s frustrating that the administration failed to come back with an economic counter offer, we did TA a substantially revised and improved article on preventing/addressing workplace bullying and harassment! This article was developed in consultation with the Survivor Support Caucus and it will go a long way toward our ability to stop bullying and harassment against GEs – especially when the administration likes to argue that the behaviors in question don’t “violate a university policy.”

Our next bargaining session is not until July 17th. In the meantime, our bargaining committee and contract action team will be taking a brief, but well-deserved summer break. I hope you all have a fun and safe start to the summer term, and stay tuned for future bargaining updates!

What You Can Do

If you are interested in helping plan events or actions or want to be involved in the conversation around our contract campaign, there will be a Contract Action Team (CAT) meeting taking place in Week 3.  Email Trevor at to get involved!

In Solidarity Forever,

Ellen Gillooly-Kress

President of the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation

To learn more about our bargaining efforts, visit our website.

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