Late last night, we reached a tentative agreement with UO administration for our next contract.
After 14 hours of intensive mediation (and an awesome accompanying sit-in in the EMU!), and despite a shady 11th-hour move by the UO bargaining team, we were able to pass them a proposal they agreed to sign.
The next step in our contract campaign is ratification, which is when we get to vote to approve the contract our bargaining committee has spent the last year negotiating. Come out to the GMM tomorrow at 5:30pm! We’ll be describing the TA in detail and there will be time to bring questions and comments as well.
This is a win! Not only did we protect our health care, we have also secured wage increases above inflation, a pilot summer jobs program, 6 weeks of paid parental leave, child care assistance for kids up to the age of 7, protections from ICE and workplace bullying/harassment, and increased GE participation in departmental decision-making.
Thank you all for the organizing work that has brought us to this point. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it a thousand times more—our collective action throughout these last twelve months is what got us this TA, and we mounted an incredible and hard-fought campaign—I’m so proud!
We have built so much power and solidarity as a union. I cannot wait to see what we are capable of achieving next.
In Solidarity Forever,
Ellen Gillooly-Kress President of the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation
To learn more about our bargaining efforts, visit our website.