Coronavirus Update 3.22 (non-member)

Coronavirus Update:

GTFF on UO priorities

GTFF leadership was invited on Friday to meet with UO administration including President Michael Schill, Provost Patrick Philips, Vice President of Finance Jamie Moffitt, and Missy Matella, Senior Director of Employee Affairs. We took this opportunity to put forth this list of priorities pertaining to the university’s COVID-19 response, including demands that the University should prioritize all employees, students, and community members affected by this emergency. 

While they did not respond directly to all of the priorities put before them, they did note that we share many of the same goals in this situation, enumerating their own priorities as 1) the health and welfare of our community, 2) the continuity of UO’s educational process, and 3) the economic viability of the university. The university indicated that there’s currently no expectation that GEs’ employment will shift drastically, including loss of pay, benefits or layoffs, this spring or next year. They are continuing to gauge what spring tuition revenue looks like.

In this meeting, we spoke frankly and directly to Schill and the other administrators about the UO’s civic and moral obligation to do everything in its power to prioritize protecting the physical, mental, and financial well-being of its students and lowest-paid workers. We as the GTFF intend to be a problem-solver in this moment, but we will doubtless feel the need to reiterate our priorities going forward. We want to work as closely as we can with UO to accomplish things that represent the best interests of our community, within the GTFF and more broadly. We are committed to solving critical problems, and our goal in this meeting was to communicate what we see those problems and potential solutions to be.

If you have questions, concerns, or just want to talk to someone (or if you’re considering being a part of union leadership next year/proposing bylaw changes this spring), please “stop by” leadership Zoom office hours.

We’ll be available:
  • Mondays and Tuesdays from 10-11am and 2-3pm
  • Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12-1pm and 4-5pm
  • Fridays from 10-11am, 12-1pm, 2-3pm, and 4-5pm
You’ll find us in this Zoom meeting!


We are in conversations with the university administration and continue to push to make sure our well-being and that of all campus workers and students is being protected and prioritized in the response to COVID-19. As we know what this looks like in more concrete terms, we will share it!

Below are a few updates/clarifications to keep in mind. Remember, you can always find up-to-date information on the GTFF Coronavirus Updates page.

Remote instruction, workload, and resources

If you have been asked by your supervisor to come to campus or perform other activities that contradict UO protocols, email your supervisor and copy Alexis Kiessling (VP for Grievances). If you are immunocompromised or at high risk of contracting Coronavirus, your supervisor cannot make you come onto campus - per Article 10, Section 2 of our contract, you may refuse to work in any unsafe space.

Your supervisor should hopefully be in touch with you about spring needs--be in honest contact as much as possible. There is not yet a process for determining what appropriate expectations look like, but further guidance is being developed, and we’ll share updates on what emerges. In the meantime, remember to track your hours! Here are some suggestions for some handy apps that allow you to organize your tracked time: Clockify, Toggl.

If you have other concerns about overwork or your work environment, you can always direct them to your department steward or the lead steward for your area.

Lead Stewards
Arts and Education: JP Lempke
Humanities: Rhiannon Lindgren
Natural Sciences: Blake Parris
Social Sciences: Isabella Clark

Looking for ways to stay connected in our community?

Socialize online!
Join us on the GTFF Slack channel and on the new GTFF Social Distancing Discord! Let’s stay in touch and de-stress with each other as much as possible (while social distancing). 

Get involved with mutual aid
As GTFF members, we are proud to be integral parts of our local community. Folks in this community are starting to organize online around mutual aid resources and how to safely work to survive this turmoil together. Please reach out to Rhiannon Lindgren or Michael Marchman if you are interested in helping to organize GTFF participation in this important effort.

Check the GTFF Coronavirus Updates page or GTFF social media for the most current information about the COVID-19 crisis and resources for GEs.

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