Non-Member Letter – Bargaining

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Letter from the President:

Join Your Union!

Greetings,

 

You are receiving this message because, according to our most recent records, you are not currently a member of the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation (GTFF) despite holding a GE appointment.

As you may be aware, the GTFF is one of the oldest graduate employee unions in the country, representing the interests of grads at UO since 1978. For over forty years, GEs like you and me have banded together to fight for better working and living conditions through collective bargaining. We continue this long tradition this year as we again bargain with the university administration over the terms and conditions of our Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA)—the document that dictates all facets of GE work like salaries, health insurance benefits, and workplace protections.

While I wish I could report that the university administration shares our desire to improve our CBA, the disappointing truth is that their proposals so far have the direct consequence of eroding GE salaries and benefits. While you are not currently a member of the GTFF, these changes directly affect you, regardless of your membership status. Here is just a short list of the negative changes the university administration has proposed:

  • Drastic cuts to support for our health insurance, in some cases slashing nearly half of what UO currently provides for GE insurance, resulting in huge increased costs for GEs.

  • Massive increase in GE student fees. Currently, our CBA caps students fees to $61 per term; the administration wants to move this to 45% of fees, an increase of hundreds of dollars per term.

  • A 1% raise in minimum salaries—an amount that doesn’t even keep up with the rate of inflation and that will be immediately paid back to the university through increased fees and health insurance costs under their plan.

 

We need your help to fight back against these proposals now more than ever! Our bargaining team is only as strong as the membership behind them. GTFF is a democratic organization, which means it is up to you to tell the administration that cuts to GE benefits are unacceptable, and that GEs deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.

Over 80% of GEs at UO have decided to join their colleagues and become members of GTFF, but we need you to join us and show the university that GEs stand united for better working and living conditions!

Please join your union today, and help us win a contract that will improve—not diminish—our hard-won benefits and salaries.

In Solidarity,



Mike Magee

President of the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation
and GE in Political Science
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