Bargaining Update 9.19 (Alums and Allies)

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Letter from the President:

Bargaining Update
Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation logo

“Your health insurance plan is too rich,” says Missy Matella, senior director of employee and labor relations and member of the university’s bargaining team. What the university administration considers to be "too rich" is the right to affordable health care, including vision, dental, and mental health coverage, that graduate employees have fought for and defended for the last twenty years.

However, while we are the cheapest employees on campus to insure, the university has seen our health care as a financial burden and has decided to propose a drastic cut to funding. If they had their way, GEs would see the university's plan as either a huge increase in their premiums next year, or a severe cut in benefits

To add insult to injury, the admin is still proposing a mere 2% cost of living adjustment, which is still under inflation. They want to give us less money, and the money we will have will be able to purchase less. The University of Oregon very much wants us to take a regressive contract, with cuts to both wages and health insurance.

We on the GTFF bargaining team are committed to keeping insurance at the current levels we already have, and to winning a raise that at least matches inflation. The GTFF bargaining team spent a marathon 15 hours in mediation with the university on Monday trying to reach a deal, and I would like to show you our most recent proposals as a direct comparison to the university’s:
 

 

GTFF Proposals*

UO Proposals*

Healthcare                       

95% premium coverage for GEs, partners and children.
Provides a cost sharing mechanism for premium increases

Contribute flat amount per GE based on 2018-19 premium payments plus 3%
Does not match projected premium increases. 

Salary

3% to the minimum
1.5% to all
for each of the next three years

2% increase to all salaries
for each of the next three years

Fees

$61 fall/winter/spring 
$333 in the summer
Protects from future fee increases

$61 fall/winter/spring
65% fees in the summer

*Current proposals are non-binding mediation proposals.
 

We are doing everything in our power to win a fair contract, but it has become abundantly clear that we will not secure a contract simply with the best arguments at the table. We all need to come together to win!

Please sign and share our community support petition to tell the administration that GEs deserve a fair contract!  

You can also write letters to the editor, President Schill, and the Board of Trustees, talk about what’s up at UO with friends, neighbors, and coworkers, and contact your representatives—tell them that UO’s administration is trying to shortchange workers while raising tuition!

Keep an eye out over the next few weeks for more news and information as school starts. 
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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