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GTFF 3544 Newsletter

Upcoming Events & News

Welcome (back) to Eugene!

Late Paychecks

Many GEs in departments across campus have not received their September paychecks due to a paperwork pileup at UO. This is unacceptable. GTFF is investigating--we're in touch with Payroll and the Graduate School to solve this quickly and ensure it doesn't happen again. If you are one of the GEs affected by this delay, please let us know by filling out this form.

We're determined to get the university to fix this as quickly as possible. Loans are available through the Graduate School and the university if you are in need of immediate financial assistance. Please also get in touch with your department steward if you are not paid by the end of the week!

Upcoming Events

Keep an eye out for events through email or on our Facebook page!
  • General Membership Meeting (FB event)
    Come get up-to-date on bargaining and our timeline for this fall. Meet the executive board, caucus chairs, and other members, and find out more about ways to get involved in our fight for a fair contract!
     Food and drinks provided. After-party at McMenamins on 19th.

    - Date: Friday, 10/4
    - Time: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    - Location:
    South Eugene High School cafeteria (400 E. 19th Ave. Eugene, OR)
  • Grad Researchers United (GRU) Rally (FB event)
    Show your support for our grad employee cousins at OHSU, who are bargaining for their first contract and having their own complicated negotiations about it.  There will be coffee, snacks, sign making, and, of course, solidarity! 
    - Date: Wednesday, 10/9
    - Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    - Location: 
    Courtyard between Richard Jones Hall and Vollum at OHSU
  • Coalition of Graduate Employees (CGE) Burgers, Booze, & Bargaining 
    FB event)
    Our grad employee cousins at OSU are kicking off their own bargaining cycle! They've invited members and guests to meet their 20-person bargaining team and learn about their bargaining platform. CGE has stood in solidarity with us and turned out for our bargaining events over the past year--let's return the favor!
    - Date: Friday, 10/11
    - Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    - Location: 
    Lion's Shelter Avery Park, Corvallis

SEIU Reaches Tentative Agreement!

Early Saturday morning, SEIU Local 503 tentatively agreed on a new contract with seven universities (nine campuses) statewide for classified staff! These employees work in custodial services, food service, IT, department offices, and other key areas that keep our campus running.

This contract provides for cost of living and other wage increases, status quo health care coverage and low-cost shift meals, and leave for inclement weather, among other key aspects of SEIU's bargaining platform.

We're glad SEIU has reached a deal due to the pressure their contract campaign, including a 95% commitment by their membership to strike and ongoing solidarity from us at the GTFF (and other folks on campus), was able to put on the universities they serve! SEIU continues to stand with us as we keep up our fight for a fair contract.

Missed GTFF's Last Bargaining Update?

Check our our last bargaining update here. We are now at impasse with the university, and expect their last best final offer Thursday.

If you have further questions about bargaining, please bring them to the General Membership Meeting (GMM) at South Eugene High School at 5:30pm on Friday October 4th!

Stand with Grad Workers

You may have seen some of the media coverage of the recent NLRB ruling about grad employees at private universities. If not, the Maroon and New York Times have both run detailed stories about it and the devastating consequences it could have for graduate employees not employed by public universities.

The good news is that the public commenting period is now open! We have until Nov. 22 to submit as many comments as we can. AFT has set up a webpage with tips and guidelines for commenting, and you can submit your comments directly through their page. The most important thing to note is that comments must be unique. If multiple people submit comments with the same or similar wording, they will be counted as one comment. Comments also do not have to be in English.

We’re asking every one to take some time in the next week or two (before the quarter gets hectic) to let the NLRB know that you’re a worker, that having a union makes UO a better workplace for you, and that you believe in protecting the right to unionize for your fellow grad employees as well. Then, ask fellow members to do the same. The more comments we can send them, the better!

Legislators, Community Stand with GTFF

We're fighting for the contract we deserve, but we definitely aren't doing it alone!

Legislators and leaders within the community, as well as GEs, undergrads, and other campus community members, have been making statements of support and writing letters to President Schill and the UO Board of Trustees in support of our negotiations for a fair contract.

Thanks to
Rep. Peter DeFazio (District 4), State Rep. Julie Fahey (District 14), Leonard Stoehr (Springfield City Council), Michelle Holman (Community Rights Lane County) and others for their support!

Get involved in planning!

Operations Committee

If you like logistics, organizing events and people, and snacks, join Rachel (VP for Operations) and the Operations Committee to help plan meetings, actions, and other GTFF activities!
Interested? Contact Rachel at operations@gtff.net!

Communications Committee (CommsComm)

If you are an avid social media user, a writer of many emails, or someone who likes putting together flyers, join Teresa (VP for Member Communications) and the CommsComm to help keep members informed, put together event posters, and probably make some buttons along the way! 
Interested? Contact Teresa at member.communications@gtff.net!


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