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GTFF 3544 Newsletter

Upcoming Events ~ News

Check out some opportunities for end-of-term solidarity!

Upcoming Events

Keep an eye out for events through email, on our Facebook page, and on our calendar!
  • Teach-In: States of Exception in Chile, Ecuador, and Bolivia (Link)
    The Dept of Romance Languages, Latin American Studies and the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies has organized a Teach-In session to discuss the states of exception in Chile, Ecuador and Bolivia. "These are pivotal moments in the contemporary history of Latin America, and we want to encourage our community to stay informed." The Workers Caucus wants to highlight this event and encourages all union members to attend!
    Day: Tuesday, Nov. 26 
    Time: 4pm - 6pm
    Location: Lillis 111
    gtffworkerscaucus@gmail.com (Andy and Adam)
  • International GE Caucus Meeting
    The International Caucus is committed to support any kind of issues international GEs encounter in the university and community. We aim to advocate for rights, strengthen voices, promote common interests, and build collective solidarity among international GEs.
    Day: Tuesday, Nov. 26 
    Time: 6pm
    Location: Falling Sky, EMU
    internationalgecaucus@gmail.com (Mushira and Pearl)
  • Film Screening: Even the Rain (RSVP here!)
    In consideration of the significant political transformations that have recently occurred in Latin America, the GTFF Workers' Caucus will be hosting a film screening of "Even the Rain" (2010), a motion picture representing the events of the Cochabamba water war that transpired in Bolivia from late 1999 to early 2000. By showing this film the Workers' Caucus seeks to promote greater political consciousness about current events in the region and the history of them. 
    Day: Tuesday, Dec.3
    Time: 5:30pm food, 6pm film
    Location: GTFF Office (609 E. 13th Ave.)
    gtffworkerscaucus@gmail.com (Andy and Adam)
  • Survivor Support Caucus Meeting
    The Survivor Support Caucus will be meeting to set goals. Anyone interested in contributing is welcome!
    Day: Wednesday, Dec. 4 
    Time: 5:30pm
    Location: GTFF Office (609 E. 13th Ave.)
    Contactuplifitingsurvivorsgtff@gmail.com (Emily)
  • Climate Strike (with Sunrise Eugene)
    Sunrise Eugene, the local hub of the youth-led Sunrise movement for climate change, will be leading a march to the Eugene District Courthouse as part of Dec. 6’s Climate Strike.
    Day: Friday, Dec. 6 
    Time: 12pm
    Location: Falling Sky, EMU
    sunrise.eug@gmail.com, or find them on Instagram @sunrise.eug
  • OSU's Coalition of Graduate Employees (CGE) Bargaining (Link)
    Our grad employee cousins at OSU are three sessions into their own bargaining process, and it’s looking pretty familiar. This is their last bargaining session of the year, and they’ll be submitting proposals on gender-inclusive restrooms across worksites at OSU. CGE has stood in solidarity with us and turned out for our bargaining events over the past year--let's return the favor!
    Day: Friday, Dec. 6 
    Time: 2pm - 5pm
    Location: Westminster Hall, Oregon State University
    Contact: stafforganizer@gtff.net (Michael)
  • United Academics’ 1st Bargaining Session (Link)
    UAUO’s first bargaining session will be on January 9, 2020.They’ll be introducing most of their economic bargaining planks at that session, including salary/raise proposals, child care proposal, and more. They’re hoping for a big turnout on day one, so put January 9, 12-3 PM on your calendar, and plan to wear your GTFF gear. Let’s stand in solidarity with our faculty!
    Day: Thursday, Jan. 9 
    Time: 12pm - 3pm
    Location: Crater Lake Room, EMU
    Contact: sinclair@uauoregon.org
     (Chris Sinclair)

E-Council Update

The Executive Council met Wednesday, Nov. 20, and discussed ways to kickstart an internal organizing and collective change campaign. Look for an invite to a GMM at the beginning of Winter term, where we’ll discuss the E-Council’s recommendation to increase budget lines (based on our record membership’s record dues contributions!) to facilitate this campaign and other opportunities for growing and strengthening our solidarity as a union. Keep an eye out for further thoughts from caucuses, committees, and others about our collective plans for the rest of this year and the future of GTFF!

Caucuses & Committees

Find solidarity in a caucus or a committee!

Caucuses and committees are open to all members, and they're a great way to play to your strengths and connect with folks in our union in a setting much smaller than a GMM.  Existing caucuses and committees can be found here and our bylaws provide for the formation of ad hoc caucuses and committees. Email equity@gtff.net (Michelle) for more info or with questions!

The International GE Caucus will be meeting Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 6pm at Falling Sky in the EMU. Contact internationalgecaucus@gmail.com with questions or for ways to get involved!

The caucus met on Wednesday, November 20th for its first official meeting. The caucus discussed its self-perception, goals, charter, and GTFF business including board, council, and GMM items. The minutes of the meeting are available on our website.

On that note: The caucus has a website! On the website you’ll find:

  • Our caucus goals for the year,
  • How to join the caucus,
  • Ways to support the caucus goals, including writing for our website,
  • Upcoming meetings, announcements, and events we’ve agreed to support.
The caucus will be meeting in Week 10 to possibly vote in its charter before the end of Fall term.

We’re currently oriented towards reworking how our union functions, so feel empowered to reach out and collaborate even if you don’t identify as a person of color.

The Survivor Support Caucus will be having a meeting on Dec 4th at 5:30 in the office. We’ll be setting goals so anyone and everyone’s input would be valued in that process - all are invited!

Also, we are seeking a co-chair to work alongside current chair Emily Beecher to help set and achieve these goals! If you’re interested, email upliftingsurvivorsgtff@gmail.com

We are working on developing goals and strategies for informing members on political issues. 

In upcoming meetings, we hope to discuss requests from political candidates for GTFF’s endorsement and whether or not to recommend endorsement to the Executive Council, as well as financial political contributions to recommend to the Executive Council.

Interested in getting involved? Email Sarah (VP for Political Education) at political.education@gtff.net

Thoughts to Share?

If you have thoughts to share about our union and the equity campaign we’ll be directing our energies toward, here’s a space where your ideas, thoughts, experiences, and insights can be shared. We’ll be able to bring this information and these ideas into our conversations and our actions going forward and make them part of our collective GTFF memory. These responses can be anonymous, and the form is maintained by Michelle, our VP for Equity and Inclusion.

Get to know your new contract!

We have voted to ratify the tentative agreement reached on October 29, and are in the process of signing and implementing this contract. Benefits gained in this new contract are now available, including parental leave and extensions to the Graduate Assistance Fund’s coverage for childcare. If you are among the first working to take advantage of one of these benefits, please contact your steward for help navigating new processes!

Please also note: raises and back pay negotiated in this contract (raises retroactive to September 16-30 paychecks) will be paid starting with December paychecks. Please remember to check your December paystub for the correct amount!

Other Opportunities for Involvement

Member Organizer Initiative

AFT-Oregon’s Member Organizer Institute (MOI) is a training and development opportunity for emerging leaders who are ready to take their union organizing skills to the next level and build our local for the future. MOI is a 3-month intensive paid training program that teaches organizing skills through real-world experience in concert with staff and local leaders. This program capitalizes on one of our most valuable resources--our members--to help build union power and activism.

The goal of the institute is to train union members to build power, grow our membership, engage current members in our union and ensure the long-term sustainability of our local by having members trained to continue their organizing work and help develop other members after participating in the institute. 
Interested? Contact Jess Foster (jfoster@aft.org) or check out more information.

Graduate Assistance Fund
Advisory Committee

The Graduate School is seeking GEs to sit on the Graduate Assistance Fund Advisory Committee. This committee meets once per term to review the assistance fund and its operations, as well as reviewing appeals at the request of students whose awards have been denied. If you’re interested, contact Larissa!

Run for Office!

If you might be interested in running for Eugene City Council, Ward 2 (for those who live close to campus) or for Springfield’s also-open council seats, reach out to Sarah, VP for Political Education (political.education@gtff.net). 


Late Pay Update

If you received a late paycheck for Sept. 16-30, you should have received an email from Payroll regarding reimbursement for overdraft or late fees incurred due to the late paycheck. If you didn’t receive this email, please let Alexis (VP for Grievances) know at grievances@gtff.net!
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