GTFF winter Week 1

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GTFF 3544 Newsletter

Upcoming Events ~ News

Every few weeks, we send news-worthy events and little reminders of what makes this union great! 
Vote #YesOn101

The last day to turn in your ballot on Measure 101 is Tuesday, January 23rd. Our union has voted to endorse this measure as a way to keep insurance costs down and protect thousands of Oregonians from losing coverage. Read more information on this life saving measure. 

Have you seen the news? Corporate lawyers and billionaires are coming after public-sector unions, including the GTFF. They are using the U.S. Supreme Court, in a case called Janus vs AFSCME (Amer. Fed. of State, County and Municipal Employees), to push through national “right-to-work” laws designed to dramatically weaken unions - like ours - and undermine the wages, benefits, and workplace protections of public sector workers - like us. A decision on the case is expected this Spring (March or April 2018). A ruling in favor of Janus -- which is expected – will result in an immediate 25% reduction in GTFF’s income!
So, what can we do about it? Attend our general membership meeting on Friday February 2nd! 
Visit our website for more information. 
Winter General Membership Meeting

Friday February 2nd 5:30-8:30
South Eugene High School Auditorium
400 E 19th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401

We will be discussing the impending Right-To-Work legislation and what we can do to be prepared when the legislation passes. 

Official After-party at McMenamin's on 19th and Agate immediately after the meeting!
Help make UO a DREAMer friendly space! 

GEs have far-reaching influence through
their interactions with one another, faculty, staff and undergrads.

When you visit the UO Dreamers Working Group Website, You will find information ranging from definitions and terms regarding DACA to funding opportunities for DACA and undocumented students.

Here are few suggestions from the UODreamers Working Group “UNDOCU-ALLY TRAINING” that can help you use that influence to make UO a safer, more welcoming campus for DREAMERS* and for all students.

If you are a GE in CAS, be on the lookout for a special training on Wednesday, April 18th.
Keep an eye out for more information! 

*The UO Dreamers Working Group uses the term “Dreamers” to refer to Undocumented, DACA-
mented, Tuition Equity and students of mixed status families.
Calendar of Events

Vote #YesOn101
Tuesday, January 23rd

Workers' Caucus meeting
Friday, January 26th
4 pm, GTFF office

Winter General Membership Meeting
Friday February 2nd
5:30-8:30 pm
South Eugene High School Auditorium 
400 E 19th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401

Save the date for our 40th anniversary celebration!
November 6-8, 2018

For more information about advertising your union-friendly event, Contact Ellen, VP of Member Communications
Members from all three Oregon Graduate Employee unions take a moment to pose for AFT-OR winter school on January 20, 2018. 
Union Victory!

***If Hailey gets back to me tonight, we can publicize the victory over backpay***
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