Fall 2018 Week 10 Newsletter

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Current Membership Level: 79%

Upcoming Events

Keep an eye out for events through email, on our Facebook page, and on our calendar!
  • International GE Caucus Happy Hour
    Come celebrate the end of the term with the International GE Caucus. There will be free drinks (alcoholic & non-alcoholic) and snacks. All are welcome! More information can be found here.
    Days: Friday, 11/30 (Week 10)
    Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm
    Location: McMenamin's (1485 E. 19th Ave.)
    Contact: Sanan Moradi (snn.moradi@gmail.com)

  • Bargaining Committee Meetings
    This is the group who will sit at the table with the University and write contract proposals over the next year.
    Days: Mondays
    Time: 5:30pm
    Location: GTFF Office (609 E. 13th Ave.)
    Contact: Mike Magee (president@gtff.edu
  • Communications Committee Meeting
    The first Communications Committee meeting of the academic year is coming! If you're interested in helping with design, media, live streaming, live Tweeting, photography, or other related tasks, indicate your availability for the next week here.
    - Date/Time: TBA
    - Location:
    GTFF Office (609 E. 13th Ave.)
    Contact: Kayleigh Peterman (member.communications@gtff.net)
  • Second Bargaining Session
    RAISE to the occasion! We packed the room for the first bargaining session, and we want to see everyone who's still in town at the second one! Come support your Bargaining Committee!
    - Date: Friday, 12/7 (Week 11)
    - Time: 11:00am - 2:00pm
    - Location: 245 Straub Hall

    Contact: Mike Magee (president@gtff.net)

  • Winter General Membership Meeting (GMM)
    Put it on your calendar! We'll hear updates from the Executive Board, Bargaining Committee, and Caucuses (as well as more). Refreshments will be provided.
    - Date: Friday, 2/8 (Winter Week 5)
    - Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
    - Location: South Eugene High School cafeteria (400 E. 19th Ave.)

    - Contact: Ellen Gillooly-Kress (operations@gtff.net)


Since Last Time

Union Members have participated in the following events since the last newsletter:
  • E-Council Meeting
    We heard from Stewards and Caucus Chairs about updates in their areas and learned about some local and nationwide struggles. Thanks again to everyone who helped with the organizing blitz earlier this term! 
  • Disability Access Caucus Meeting
    The DA Caucus assisted in writing language for the Bargaining Committee's proposals.


Involvement Opportunities
  • AFT-OR Co-Op Housing Workgroup
    At last year's convention, a resolution was passed by AFT-OR (one of our parent unions, the Oregon chapter of the American Federation of Teachers) to provide seed money for members to create housing co-ops. AFT-OR is looking for members to join a working group to implement this resolution -- especially those who have experience with co-ops. The full text of the resolution can be found here.
    Contact: Devin Hunter (president@hcu4671.org).
  • Office Cleaning
    Volunteers are always welcome to help keep our office and meeting space clean. Due to increased activity among our members, the office could use more cleaning than usual! Possible tasks include organizing, dusting, mopping, and dropping off cans and bottles at a nearby bottle drop. If you are interested, stop by during office hours and let someone know you'd like to help!

AFT-OR 2018 Scholarships and Awards
(Nomination deadline: January 31, 2019)
  • Shirley J. Gold Scholarship
    The Shirley J. Gold Scholarship of $1,500, awarded to an AFT-Oregon member who is pursuing higher education at an accredited higher education institution.
  • Carl J. Megel Scholarship
    The Carl J. Megel Scholarship of $1,500 will be awarded to an AFT-Oregon member’s child or grandchild who is graduating from high school and is enrolling in an accredited higher education institution.
  • Albert F. Shanker Scholarship
    The Albert F. Shanker Scholarship of $1,500, awarded to an AFT-Oregon member’s child or grandchild who is already attending an accredited higher education institution. 
  • Deirdre Mackey and Grace Misztal Scholarships
    Two $1,500 Scholarships for Post-Secondary Education. One awarded to members and the other available to a member’s dependent who are members of a marginalized community and/or demonstrate that their studies will work to advance the cause of social justice and the ending of discrimination. Click here to read more about Deirdre and Grace.
  • John Connor Memorial Award
    This award recognizes an individual member who exhibits the selfless, spirited enthusiasm and devotion to causes of the union which serve as an inspiration to fellow activists. These qualities were demonstrated in John Connor, a member of Local 2277 (PCCFFAP) and an active political action volunteer.
  • Outstanding Contribution to Public Awareness
    This award is open to any resident of Oregon, including AFT-Oregon members. This award recognizes an individual in Oregon who has contributed to the public’s general awareness or who has raised the level of public debate in furtherance of the goals of AFT-Oregon in matters of education, health, public services, labor or other current issues of importance to the membership. 
  • Local Awards for Excellence in Communications
    There are three categories:
    • General Excellence
      Recognizes general excellence in writing, editing, content, layout and design; including best story, editorial, photos, art or graphics.
    • Best Website 
      The site should be easy to maneuver, be graphically interesting, and provide valuable information to members and site visitors. 
    • Best Use of Social Media
      Engages members and provides valuable information for all site visitors.

Informed by the Membership and designed by the Bargaining Committee and the Contract Action Team, the proposed Bargaining Platform is

We R.A.I.S.E. each other up!

  • Recognition and Development
  • Accountability, Transparency, and Participation
  • International Student Advocacy
  • Safety, Equity, and Inclusivity
  • Economically Fair and Dignified Standard of Living

For more information on the bargaining platform, proposals, and Bargaining Committee, visit 

Know Your Contract

Our Collective Bargaining Agreement, in Article 9, Sections 6 & 7, requires the university to provide information about job requirements and assignment processes to GEs: 
Each department or employing unit will prepare a General Duties and Responsibilities Statement (GDRS) describing the conditions under which GE assignments are made. The GDRS shall include the following information:
  1. A general description of the job requirements.
  2. The supervisory individual who shall oversee the implementation of the GDRS.
  3. Availability of Graduate Employee appointments in the department.
  4. Eligibility requirements and application process for appointments.
  5. Appointment and reappointment process.
  6. Workload and work assignment information.
  7. Health and safety information, including any training requirements, use of required personal protective equipment, accident reporting and workers compensation coverage 14 if substantially different from the health and safety information provided in Article 10, Section 2 and if not covered in more depth in a safety manual.
  8. Requirements for satisfactory progress towards graduate degree. These criteria must be as specific as reasonably possible and must include objective measures (e.g., GPA, limits on the number of incompletes, and deadlines and/or timelines for passing qualifying exams or proposing one’s thesis).
  9. Discrimination Grievance Procedures: To file an employment-related discrimination grievance, GEs are encouraged to contact the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation. For discrimination grievances that pertain to a GE’s role as a student, graduate students should refer to the student section of the AAEO Discrimination Grievance Procedures online (http://aaeo.uoregon.edu/booklet.html). The AAEO will encourage all GEs attempting to file an employment-related discrimination complaint to contact the GTFF.
  10. GE absence procedure or reference to where this procedure is documented.
The GDRS of each department or employing unit shall include health and safety information or the department shall properly train GEs on health and safety duties and responsibilities and provide up-to-date safety information in a written document available to GEs.

Work load and/or work assignment information shall include course attendance requirements, office hour expectations, registration duties, grading, preparation, meeting with supervisors and/or co-workers, safety training, and any other duties included in the GE work assignment for both academic year and summer term appointments.

The Graduate School will make the GDRS available on its website in an easily accessible, electronic format by August 15 of each year. The copy of the GDRS contained on the Graduate School website shall be considered the master copy, and any electronic or nonelectronic distribution of the GDRS must be made from this copy. The Graduate School should maintain and allow access to copies of out-of-date GDRSs for the prior eight (8) years. At the time of hire, GEs shall be provided with instructions on how to access the department's GDRS. A GE may request a meeting with their supervisor or department head to obtain clarification of their duties and responsibilities. The department or employing unit will orient the new GEs to resources utilized to fulfill the appointment at the beginning of each quarter.
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! 
We've made it through Fall Term!

To those who have final exams or projects due next week, we wish you luck!
To those who may be traveling later this month, we wish you safety!
To those who may be celebrating upcoming holidays, we wish you joy!

And to those who foresee struggles in any of these areas, we offer you solidarity.

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