Fall 2018 Week 4 Newsletter

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Current Membership Level: 78%

Upcoming Events

Keep an eye out for events through email, on our Facebook page, and on our calendar!
  • Spooky Crafting Queerly
    We will meet in the Union Office to make spooky crafts, brainstorm last-minute yet unrelentingly fabulous costume ideas, eat food (gluten-free and vegan food options will be available), and gather suggestions for what else people would like to see from the queer caucus in the coming year. Halloween-themed yonic coloring book pages may be present.
    - Date: Thursday, October 18 (Week 4)
    - Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    - Location: GTFF Office (609 E. 13th St.)
    - Contact: Tzula Propp (

  • Bargaining General Membership Meeting (GMM)
    Do you care about health insurance? Wage increases? Worker protections? Join us at the
    Bargaining GMM! Set your bargaining priorities! Vote on your bargaining team! Organize and win! Food and drinks provided. After-party at Falling Sky on campus.
    - Date: Friday, October 19 (Week 4)
    - Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
    - Location: Lawrence Hall, 115
    - Contact: Ellen Gillooly-Kress (operations@gtff.net)

  • Bargaining Committee Meetings
    Want to play a direct role in bargaining this year? Nominate yourself or someone you know to be on the Bargaining Committee! 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 St.)

    - Contact: Mike Magee (president@uoregon.edu)

  • Contract Action Team (CAT) Meeting
    Want to be involved in bargaining, but are too busy to be on the Bargaining Committee? Interested in communicating information about the bargaining process to fellow Members? Want to implement collective actions to pressure UO to take our priorities seriously? Come to the first meeting of the Contract Action Team this year! The CAT 
    supports the Bargaining Committee over the duration of bargaining through organizing, collective action, and communication with members on the status of bargaining.
    - Date: Thursday, 10/25 (Week 5)
    - Time: 5:30pm
    - Location: GTFF Office (609 E. 13th St.)

    - Contacts: Nikki Cox (organizing@gtff.net) and Kayleigh Peterman (member.communications@gtff.net)

  • E-Council Meeting
    All Stewards, Caucus Chairs, and other union leaders are invited to the second Executive Council (E-Council) Meeting of the year. Snacks and drinks provided. 
    Date: Thursday, 11/1 (Week 6)
    - Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
    - Location: GTFF Office 
    (609 E. 13th St.)
    - Contact: Nikki Cox (organizing@gtff.net)
    Does your department not have a
    Steward? Are you interested in becoming a union leader? Contact Nikki Cox and come to this meeting!


Since Last Time

Union Members have participated in the following events since the last newsletter:
  • E-Council Meeting
    Stewards, Caucus Chairs, and other union leaders met to discuss plans for the year, including bargaining, organizing, and the 40th Anniversary Celebration.

  • COPE Meeting
    Committee on Political Education (COPE) met for the first time this year to discuss union actions, impacts of ballot measures on unions and graduate employees, and conversations about any political issues brought by the membership.

  • International GE Caucus Picnic
    GEs and their families met for a potluck grill-out hosted by the International GE Caucus to celebrate the fellowship and diversity of the GTFF.
GEs at the International GE Caucus Picnic
Know Your Contract

Our Collective Bargaining Agreement, in Article 2, Section 22, specifies the GE level and minimum quarterly salary for all GEs: 
Effective September 16, 2018, the half-time (.50 FTE) one quarter salary rate on which stipends for GEs in the bargaining unit are calculated shall be increased by 3.7% as follows:
  • GE I: $5,083 (minimum)
  • GE II: $5,742 (minimum)
  • GE III: $6,063 (minimum)

Salaries paid will be prorated according to percentage FTE of the appointment held. The minimum allowable appointment is .20 FTE for a full quarter.

  • GE I - Regularly enrolled graduate students admitted to a graduate degree program or doctoral students who are not eligible for a GE II or GE III appointment.

  • GE II - Regularly enrolled graduate students who have a) master’s degree in the same or cognate field, b) successfully completed a qualifying examination toward a doctoral degree, or c) completed 45 credit hours toward a doctoral degree and have written recommendation of the head of their major department.

  • GE III - Regularly enrolled doctoral students who have advanced to candidacy.

Graduate students transferring from another institution who meet one of the qualifications of GE II above at another institution and whom the University deems to have equivalent experience shall be appointed at no lower than the GE II level.

GEs shall be advanced to the appropriate level of the salary scale at the beginning of the term immediately following that during which the criteria for advancement were met.

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! 

Bargaining Survey!
This year is a bargaining year! 
Every three years, we re-negotiate our contract with the university. Our contract outlines compensation, benefits, and requirements for work assignments and workplace safety. In past bargaining cycles, we have achieved for all GEs: higher pay, better health insurance, family leave, diversity training requirements, and much more.
Please fill out a quick survey about your priorities as a worker and as a student here at University of Oregon. This is your chance to participate in the process of setting our bargaining priorities for the upcoming bargaining cycle. 

Involvement Opportunities

  • 40th Anniversary Celebration
    There are many ways to get involved with the 40th Anniversary! Below are our current needs:
    • Day-Of Help: Volunteers are needed to assist with registration of attendees, transportation of supplies, and other tasks during the weekend of the celebration.
      Dates: November 9-11
      Contact: Ellen Gillooly-Kress (operations@gtff.net)
    • Creative Help: Creative individuals are needed to help design a cover for the celebration's program. All registered attendees will receive a copy, and it will act as a commemorative keepsake for the event. 
      Date: ASAP
      Contact: Kayleigh Peterman (member.communications@gtff.net)

  • 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.
  • 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!

Did you know...

that 2018 marks GTFF's 40th year of fighting for GEs at the UofO?
Keep an eye out for news about events, and check out the 40th Anniversary website.

Register for the event using the form below: 

Voter Registration

Yesterday was the last day for Oregonians to register to vote. Many states have changed their laws related to voter registration. Do you know if you're registered to vote in your state? You can check using the tools on
RocktheVote.org or Vote.org

Oregon is an entirely vote-by-mail state. This means that you will need a stamp for your ballot or to drop it at a ballot box. Find your ballot box here. Ballots must be received by November 6, 2018.  


Your Guide to the 2018 Oregon Ballot Measures

There will likely be five ballot measures on the November ballot—dealing with housing affordability, sales taxes, state budgets and revenue bills, sanctuary state status, and public funding for abortion.

  • Measure 102: “Allow Municipal Bonds for Affordable Housing Amendment”
    This ballot measure is intended to allow cities (primarily Portland) and counties to vote to use bond revenues to pay for privately owned affordable housing. Currently, local bonds are not allowed to be used to pay private companies. This is a legislative referral which means that the legislature approved this to go to a vote on the November ballot and is primarily supported by the Portland City government. It is meant to serve affordable housing needs in Clackamas, Washington, and Multnomah counties. Our parent unions support this measure.

  • Measure 103: “Ban Tax on Groceries Initiative”
    This ballot measure is intended to amend the Oregon constitution to prevent any city or local taxes on the sale of and corporate distribution of groceries (defined as any raw or processed food or beverages intended for human consumption with the exceptions of alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana). This particular initiative cuts two ways: The measure is mainly supported by grocery lobbies which pose that supporting the measure will prevent regressive taxes on basic necessities which most impact financially vulnerable and food insecure households. Supporting the measure, however, may also allow grocery corporations to avoid paying taxes on the sale and distribution of groceries in the state of Oregon (which is a much more substantial tax revenue).  Our parent unions oppose this measure.
  • Measure 104: “Definition of Raising Revenue for Three-Fifths Vote Requirement Initiative”
    This ballot measure is intended to amend the Oregon constitution to require a three-fifths supermajority vote for any legislation that increases revenue through changes in tax exemptions, credits, or deductions. This measure is primarily supported by business coalitions and may make it much harder for the legislature to eliminate evident tax loopholes. Our parent unions oppose this measure.

  • Measure 105: “Repeal Sanctuary State Law Initiative” (formerly Initiative Petition 22)
    This ballot measure is intended to repeal the state’s 1987 sanctuary law (Oregon Revised Statute 181A.820) which currently limits cooperation between local and federal law enforcement and ensures that local law enforcement focus on local issues. This measure is supported by anti-immigrant committees formed within the last year. Our parent unions oppose this measure.
  • Measure 106: “Oregon Ban Public Funds for Abortions Initiative”
    This ballot measure is intended to amend the Oregon constitution to reduce access to abortion by eliminating the use of publicly funded healthcare plans (used by public employees and Medicaid recipients) if those insurance plans cover abortion. Currently, locals bargain for their healthcare coverage options and the constitution allows for the use of state-funded healthcare plans to be used for abortion when the procedure is approved by medical professional. Our parent unions oppose this measure.
Departments of Note

The following hiring departments currently have between 80% and 100% membership! Let's add more to this list!
Percent   Hiring Department
100%   Accessible Education Center (UGS)
100%   AEI - American English Institute (CAS)
100%   Art History (COD)
100%   Arts & Administration (COD)
100%   Campus Planning & Facilities
100%   CAPS - Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (IA)
100%   Center for Applied Second Language Studies (IA)
100%   Classics (CAS)
100%   CoDaC - Center on Diversity & Community (EI)
100%   Communication Disorders & Sciences (COE)
100%   Comparative Literature Program (CAS)
100%   ECS - Educational & Community Supports (COE)
100%   Education Studies (COE)
100%   Environmental Studies (CAS)
100%   Ethnic Studies (CAS)
100%   Graduate School
100%   History (CAS)
100%   Humanities Program (CAS)
100%   IE2 - Institute of Ecology & Evolution 
100%   IMB - Institute of Molecular Biology
100%   Information Services
100%   International Affairs
100%   LERC - Labor Education & Research Center (OPAA)
100%   Library
100%   Methodology, Policy & Leadership (COE)
100%   NILI - Northwest Indian Language Institute
100%   Philosophy (CAS)
100%   Physical Education & Recreation
100%   Political Science (CAS)
100%   PPPM - Planning, Public Policy, & Nonprofit Management (COD)
100%   Prevention Science (COE)
100%   PSI - Prevention Science Institute 
100%   RDS - Research Development Services
100%   REEES - Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies (CAS)
100%   Safety & Risk Services
100%   Sociology (CAS)
100%   Support Services for Student Athletes (OPAA)
100%   Teaching & Learning Center (UGS)
100%   Theatre Arts (CAS)
100%   University Counseling Center
100%   Women's Studies (CAS)
98%   English (CAS)
97%   Anthropology (CAS)
96%   Romance Languages (CAS)
89%   Creative Writing (CAS)
88%   Earth Sciences (CAS)
88%   Family & Human Services (COE)
88%   Physics (CAS)
88%   Psychology (CAS)
87%   Biology (CAS)
86%   Economics (CAS)
86%   International Studies 
86%   School of Journalism & Communication
85%   Linguistics Operations (CAS)
83%   Child & Family Center 
83%   Geography (CAS)
83%   ION - Institute of Neuroscience
80%   German & Scandinavian (CAS)
80%   School Psychology (COE)
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