Spring 2019 Week 2 Newsletter

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Upcoming Events ~ News

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Upcoming Events

Keep an eye out for events through email, on our Facebook page, and on our calendar!
  • 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
  • Survivor Support Caucus Sexual Assault Awareness Month Activities
    Meet and walk together to a talk about solutions for #MeToo in Oregon (4:30pm Knight Library browsing); and a talk with Dr. Judy Neighbours about how to support a survivor of sexual assault (6:00pm in Lillis 282).
    Days: Monday, 4/8 (Week 2)
    Time: 4:15pm and 5:45pm
    Location: Knight Library and 282 Lillis Hall
    Contact: Emily Beecher and Rhiannon Lindgren (trustcaucus@gmail.com)

  • Joshua Hunt Talk
    Come hear the author of the dramatic exposé of how the University of Oregon sold its soul to Nike, and what that means for the future of our public institutions and our society. This event is open to all and has been co-sponsored by GTFF, UAUO, ESSN, and LERC.
    Day: Tuesday, 4/9 (Week 2)
    Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm
    Location: 100 Willamette Hall
    Contact: Michael Marchman (stafforganizer@gtff.net)

  • Emergency Bargaining Meeting
    GTFF has called for mediated bargaining! Come learn what that means, where we are in bargaining, what we need to do, and how we plan to win a kickass contract now that our former CBA has expired. Bring your questions -- there will be a large space of time for discussion and Q&A. ALL Full and Associate Members are welcome
    Day: Wednesday, 3/10 (Week 2)
    Time: 5:30pm - 8:00pm
    Location: 180 Prince Lucien Hall
    Contact: Ellen Gillooly-Kress (operations@gtff.net)

  • E-Council Meeting
    All Stewards and Caucus Chairs should attend -- all members are welcome! RSVP here
    Day: Tuesday, 4/16 (Week 3)
    Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
    Location: GTFF Office (609 E. 13th Ave.)
    Contact: Nikki Cox (organizing@gtff.net)

  • Spring General Membership Meeting (GMM)
    All Full and Associate Members are invited to the Spring General Membership Meeting (GMM)! Refreshments will be provided. Need childcare? Contact Ellen (operations@gtff.net). More details to come!
    Day: Thursday, 4/18 (Week 3)
    Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
    Location: South Eugene High School cafeteria (400 E. 19th Ave.
    Contact: Ellen Gillooly-Kress (operations@gtff.net)

  • Contract Action Team Meeting
    Come hear how the CAT plans to support our bargaining efforts. All Stewards should attend -- all members are welcome! We are all the CAT!! RSVP here.
    Day: Tuesday, 4/23 (Week 4)
    Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
    Location: GTFF Office 609 E. 13th Ave.)
    Contact: Nikki Cox (organizing@gtff.net) and Kayleigh Peterman (member.communications@gtff.net)

  • Share Why We Don't Share: Improving University Reporting and Support Workshop
    Please join the Survivor Support Caucus (formerly the TRUST Caucus) for an evening of discussion, support, and brainstorming how to improve support for Graduate Students who experience discrimination, harassment, and sexual violence. This is an inclusive event, and we encourage folks from underrepresented groups on campus to attend. We value a diversity of perspectives, experiences, and identities! Food and drinks will be provided! Please RSVP.
    Day: Wednesday, 4/24 (Week 4)
    Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
    Location: GTFF Office 609 E. 13th Ave.)
    Contact: Emily Beecher (trustcaucus@gmail.com)

  • CommsComm (Communications Committee) Meeting
    We will be discussing the communications strategy around bargaining, getting updates on long-running projects, assigning short-term tasks, and coming up with new ideas for design and outreach.
    Day: Wednesday, 4/17 (Week 3)
    Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm
    Location: GTFF Office 609 E. 13th Ave.)
    Contact: Kayleigh Peterman (member.communications@gtff.net)

  • 2019 AFT-OR Convention
    Every other year, local chapter affiliates of AFT-OR (our parent union) gather for convention. At convention, local chapters connect to organize and mobilize; vote on resolutions and state bylaw changes; elect members of the AFT-OR executive board; and join together in celebration of solidarity.
    - Dates: Friday, 5/3 - Sunday, 5/5 (Week 5)
    - Location: Sunriver, OR

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

Bargaining Updates

Our Bargaining Committee has attempted to make movement at the table, but without movement from the other side, we have been unable to settle a new contract. As a result, our Collective Bargaining Agreement expired on March 31. While nothing in practice will change for GEs, it is a shame that the university has refused to take our platform seriously.

To commemorate our contract, we held a funeral on April 3. It was a beautiful ceremony, with music and speeches provided by GTFF members and allies. If you were unable to attend, please view the two videos on Facebook of the event.


This past week, we also had our 9th Bargaining Session. The university isn’t backing down from their insulting package proposal that cuts our health insurance by 20% and requires us to pay them more money to work for them. We’re moving to mediation, which puts us on a timeline of collective action.

Be at the emergency bargaining meeting on Wednesday, 4/10 from 6 to 8 in PLC 180, and get involved in the fight for a better contract! We will be discussing our options coming up to put pressure on the university. We need to make saying “no” too costly in money and reputation in order to get a “yes” from the administration.  And we need everyone to help us make that happen!

Are you interested in helping out with bargaining?
Contact Nikki Cox (organizing@gtff.net) and Kayleigh Peterman (member.communications@gtff.net)!

Call for Bargaining Testimony

Why is R.A.I.S.E. is important for me, you, us?
We are asking Members to share testimonies, stories, statements, or interviews related with bargaining proposals put forth by the GTFF and by UO.

Opportunities to share your story include live testimony at the bargaining table, video recordings of interviews, and signed or anonymous written reflections.

We are especially seeking input on the following areas:
Challenges of parenting as a GE
Challenges faced by International GEs
Challenges finding/affording quality housing

Your contribution is extremely crucial in furthering the bargaining process, since collective statements of our members are the main power in this journey.   
To share your story, contact: 
Mike Magee (president@gtff.net)
Hyunsoo Lee (equity@gtff.net
Kayleigh Peterman (member.communications@gtff.net)
Know Your Contract

Our Collective Bargaining Agreement ensures GTFF representation on any university committee that impacts our CBA: 
  • Article 3, Section 7: The GTFF may request representation on any campus, department, college, school, or employing unit standing committee that impacts this Collective Bargaining Agreement or the terms and conditions of GE employment.
  • Article 9, Section 12: The University and the GTFF have a shared interest in assuring the efficacy and accuracy of training [which shall advise the Dean of the Graduate School and make recommendations to this training]. To that end, the University shall establish a training advisory committee consisting of:
    • Two (2) GEs appointed by the GTFF,
    • A representative from the Graduate School,
    • A representative from Human Resources, and
    • A member of the Graduate Counsel.
  • Article 10, Section 3, Subsection f: The Union shall be afforded representation on the University Safety Advisory Committee.
  • Article 30, Section 1, Subsection c: The GTFF shall appoint two representatives to the Fund Committee.
  • Article 25, Section 1: [...] To gather information on GTFF needs and available child care subsidies, the person in this position will represent the GTFF on the University’s Child Care and Family Support Committee.
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! Sign up to give your testimony!

Caucus Corner

With the goal of creating more safe, inclusive, and "RAISE"d environment, our caucuses and diverse community members are working hard to present testimonies to bargaining sessions and bring together voices of underrepresented members.  

Survivor Support Caucus (formerly the T.R.U.S.T. Caucus)
Though we know that harassment, discrimination, and other forms of sexual violence happen on university campuses, reporting often doesn’t. There are many reasons why we don’t report, including not want to share our experiences, not feeling safe to share, fear of retaliation, and misunderstandings about reporting processes. Graduate students in particular may experience difficulty navigating reporting or support services and options, especially when we find ourselves in between our roles as teachers, researchers, and students. 

As part of Sexual Assault Awareness month, the Survivor Support Caucus of the GTFF (former TRUST Caucus) and the Sexual Violence and Prevention (SVP) Office are putting together a ‘Share Why You Don’t Share’ workshop, where we can come together and discuss are concerns about reporting policies and practices at the UO, and develop solutions for support. We will be joined by Rachel Kovensky, a Graduate Employee employed in SVP to provide resources, support, and clarity over common misconceptions and confusion about reporting policies at the UO.

Please join us for an evening of discussion, support, and brainstorming how to improve support for Graduate Students who experience discrimination, harassment, and sexual violence. This is an inclusive event, and we encourage folks from underrepresented groups on campus to attend. We value a diversity of perspectives, experiences, and identities! 

Food and drinks will be provided!  
Please RSVP to trustcaucus@gmail.com (Emily Beecher)

Disability Access Caucus
Meetings are scheduled for 5:30pm on Friday, 4/12 and Friday, 4/26 in the GTFF Office (609 E. 13th St.). Please feel welcome to attend whether you identify as having a disability or want to be an ally to our community.

Queer Caucus and Disability Access Caucus
These caucuses held a joint event on 3/31, at which members enjoyed a relaxing time, promoted diversity, shared life stories, and played trivia!

Interested in joining a caucus? Email the Caucus Chairs:
Disability Access Caucus Kylen Gartland
Environmental Justice Caucus Nick Theis & Sam Ault
GEs of Color Caucus Youssef Ait Benasser
International Caucus Sanan Moradi
Parents' Caucus Amy Rowland
Queer Caucus Tzula Propp
Survivor Support Caucus Emily Beecher
Women's Caucus Vacant
Workers’ Caucus Vacant

Did You Know?
The textbooks you use as part of your GE position, including cases where you’re an instructor of record or leading a discussion section, should be provided by your department. You should not be expected to spend any money to fulfill your GE position, or else pay in any way to work. You should also not be directed to acquire instructor copies from publisher websites, for not only is the process inconsistent and slow, it's the department's responsibility to get the copies of class texts to GEs in timely fashion, however they please. If your department isn’t providing you with the texts that you use in the classroom, speak to your office staff or send me an email at grievances@gtff.net.

This has been a reminder by Grievin' Ric.


ASUO Elections

ASUO elections are happening this week (April 8-11) on DuckWeb!

We highly encourage you to vote, especially since two out of three slates (Ducks Empowered and UO Is Yours) have specifically reached out to GTFF to build graduate employee and undergraduate solidarity.

Visit each party's website for more information:

AFT Academics Survey

AFT Academics wants to hear from you! They are organizing across the country and want to know what you think. Please fill out this survey: 
If you want to get involved, please let us know--we are happy to follow up with you.

AFT Academics is a new national union of academic workers. We are dedicated to creating a just, sustainable, and engaged academy by empowering the people who make it run. Through solidarity, direct action, and legislative efforts we can win on the issues that impact academic workers, our students, and our communities.

AFT Academics is a project of the American Federation of Teachers. The AFT is 1.7 million members strong, and the largest higher education union in the United States at over 250,000 members in colleges and universities across the country. Learn more about the AFT here.
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