Spring 2019 Week 8 Newsletter

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  • Vote on Officers and Bylaw Amendments
    Check your email to vote. Visit the website for more information on candidates and amendments.
    Days: Monday, 5/20 - Friday, 5/24 (Week 8)
    Ellen Gillooly-Kress (operations@gtff.net)

  • 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
  • Emergency E-Council Meeting
    We'll be discussing bottom lines. All Stewards and Caucus Chairs should attend -- all members are welcome! Please RSVP.
    Day: Tuesday, 5/21 (Week 8)
    Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
    Location: 240A McKenzie Hall
    Contact: Nikki Cox (organizing@gtff.net)
  • Sign-Making Party
    Join the Campus Labor Council in making signs for the RALLY at the Board of Trustees event the following day. Materials will be provided.
    Day: Wednesday, 5/22 (Week 8)
    Time: 5:30pm
    Location: GTFF Office (609 E. 13th Ave.)
    Contact: Kayleigh Peterman (member.communications@gtff.net)

  • RALLY at the Board of Trustees
    Meet us at the Ford Alumni Center to take over the Board of Trustees meeting! Members of LERC, GTFF, SEIU, UAUO, and ASUO will sign up to speak to the BOT about the proposed cut to LERC's budget and undergraduate tuition hike. We will then re-fuel with some pizza before marching to the EMU Amphitheater for a rally against the administration's budget decisions. Members and allies are encouraged to wear their organizations' swag to show their support! See more information here.
    Day: Thursday, 5/23 (Week 8)
    Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm
    Location: Ford Alumi Center
    Contact: Nikki Cox (organizing@gtff.net)

  • E-Council Meeting
    All Stewards and Caucus Chairs should attend -- all members are welcome! Please RSVP.
    Day: Wednesday, 5/29 (Week 9)
    Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
    Location: GTFF Office (609 E. 13th Ave.)
    Contact: Nikki Cox (organizing@gtff.net)

  • Survivor Support Caucus End-of-Year Party
    Come celebrate an amazing year, burn off some end of term stress, and chat (just for a brief time!) about what the next year will bring! Please feel free to bring anyone that might be interested, even if they are not yet involved. There will be pizza, salad, beer, and nonalcoholic beverages.
    Days: Friday, 5/31 (Week 9)
    Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
    Location: GTFF Office 609 E. 13th Ave.)
    Contact: Emily Beecher (trustcaucus@gmail.com)

  • Coalition of Graduate Employees (CGE) Brew-Off
    The CGE Brew-Off is a homebrew competition among the graduate employee unions at Oregon State University (CGE), University of Oregon (GTFF), and Portland State University (GEU). Brewers brew, attendees vote — and may the best beer (or cider, or wine, or mead, or kombucha) win! All proceeds go the the Linn Benton Food Share. Sign up to brew or to volunteer!
    DaySaturday, 6/1 (Week 9)
    Time: 5:00pm
    LocationAvery Park Lion’s Shelter (1310 SW Avery Park Dr. Corvallis, OR)
    ContactEllen Gillooly-Kress (operations@gtff.net)
  • Great Cover-Up/End-of-Year BBQ
    Join us for our big end-of-the-year event where we celebrate all of the accomplishments of the past 12 months and the initiation of new officers in the union!
    Day: Monday, 6/10
    Time: 5:30pm  - 8:30pm
    Location: TBA
    Contact: Ellen Gillooly-Kress (operations@gtff.net)

Johnson Hall Sit-Ins
At our last Contract Action Team meeting, we started planning a sit-in action for week 9 to demand a fair contract.

If you are interested in participating in this, please fill out this poll (http://whenisgood.net/q23bjy9) AND contact Emily Sutton at membership@gtff.net.

Strike FAQ

This is a working document that will be expanded and updated as necessary. It is intended as a guide/reference for GEs as we continue with contract negotiations and as we prepare for the possibility of strike. Questions addressed include
  • What is a strike?
  • Is a GTFF strike inevitable?
  • What would happen if GTFF declares a strike?
  • Who decides if GEs will go on strike?
  • When would a strike happen?
  • What are our legal rights regarding a strike?
  • How long would a strike last?
  • Which GEs can/should participate in a strike?
  • How do I participate in a strike as an RA?
  • Can I be compelled to participate in a strike?
  • What rights to international GEs have to participate in a strike
  • Can I lose my job for striking?
  • Will I get paid during a strike?
  • Can I lose my health insurance or tuition waiver by going on strike?
  • Is my ability to be hired in future terms at risk?
  • Would the faculty and the faculty union (United Academics) support GEs if they go on strike?
  • Can I talk about the strike with my students? Can I use listservs or bulletin boards?
  • My advisor/department head/supervisor/office administrative staff asked me if I was going on strike, can they do that
  • Does GTFF have access to legal counsel?
  • What are my rights as an international GE to participate in union activities such as picketing, attending rallies, leafleting, or joining in a strike?
  • As an international GE, is my visa status at risk?
  • Are there any special precautions as an international GE I should take?
  • What should I do if I experience retaliation for my union activity?
  • Who can I talk to with further questions about a strike?

See more here:


Report Steward Election Results 

Steward elections are happening THIS WEEK!

Be sure to report the results of your department's elections to  VP for Organizing  Nikki Cox (organizing@gtff.net)!


Local Elections

(Find the nearest ballot drop box here.)
We have endorsed a few candidates and a ballot measure in this week’s election:
  • Gordon Lafer, Martina Shabram, and Deanna Chappell Blecher for Eugene School District #4J.
  • Chris Wig for the Board of Directors of Willamalane Park & Recreation District in Springfield.
  • Ballot measure 20-301, a 4J School Local Option Levy.
Information about these can be found here.

GTFF Sweatshirts!

Just in time for spring! Please fill out the form below if you are interested in ordering a sweatshirt with our logo on it. It will be just like our tshirts, but as a black hoodie. 


Call for Bargaining Testimony

Why is R.A.I.S.E. is important for me, you, us?
We are asking Members to share their testimonies related to bargaining proposals put forth by the GTFF and by UO. Opportunities to share your story include 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: 
Hyunsoo Lee (equity@gtff.net)
Kayleigh Peterman (member.communications@gtff.net)
Are you interested in helping out with bargaining?
Contact Nikki Cox (organizing@gtff.net) and Kayleigh Peterman (member.communications@gtff.net)!
Know Your Contract

Our Collective Bargaining Agreement explains Summer benefits:

Article 19, Section 5: Summer Tuition Waiver: Tuition waivers will apply to the summer term for all classes that will be used to meet requirements for the degree (excluding those with irregular fees) for GEs who have: a) fiscal year appointments (i.e., one appointment for July 1-June 30); b) appointments in any two quarters of the preceding academic year; or c) summer term appointments.

Article 24, Section 5: GEs on nine-month appointments who were employed during the Spring term and who have accepted an appointment for the following Fall term shall, upon payment of the appropriate fee, retain access to the services of the Student Health Center during the Summer term. 
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.  

Disability Access Caucus
The Disability Access Subcommittee (composed of the Bargaining team and Caucus) met on 5/9 with UO Employee and Labor Relations staffs and UO ADA Coordinator. The Caucus members had a discussion session on 5/10 as well.

Caucus Council
Caucus Chairs met with VP Equity and Inclusion on 5/9 to discuss issues of equity and inclusion in union activities and community livings.

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 Ricardo Friaz (interim)
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