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GTFF 3544 Newsletter

Upcoming Events ~ News

Every few weeks, we send news-worthy events, calls for committees, and little reminders of what makes this union great! 
Call for Communications Committee

Interested in creating messaging for the union?
Do you have the sweet graphic design skills?
We are seeking dynamic members to join our communications committee. Help plan and decide what our messaging to members and to our community should be! 

Email Ellen Gillooly-Kress, VP of Member Communications

AFT-OR State Convention Committee
Rita Ludwig, the VP of Operations, is seeking a few good individuals who have interest in drafting resolutions to be sent to the state convention for our parent organization, AFT-OR. The committee will meet once every couple of weeks for about one hour until the convention in early May. Help shape not only this union's future, but the future of unions across the state of Oregon! Contact Rita today! 
Graduate Union Solidarity
Here's some news from other Graduate Employee Unions from across the country!

Pictured above: The Georgetown Alliance of Graduate Employees stand in solidarity with us! We sent them back a picture and asked them to be our labor valentine. 

Graduate Employees at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champagne have been working 182 days without a contract, and have declared their intent to strike. They are asking for our help! If you could spare a few dollars to their strike fund, fellow graduate employees would be forever grateful!
Build Strong Unions Statewide Summit
Call for attendees

Sunday, March 4 – 10:00am – 4:00pm Salem Convention Center.

The GTFF is seeking two representatives from our union to attend this one day summit! Contact Larissa, VP of Political Education if you are interested in attending this event.

Please join union leaders, member leaders and staff from across the state on Sunday March 4 at our Build Strong Unions Statewide Solidarity Summit. With arguments in the Janus v. AFSCME case scheduled for February 26 this is a critical moment in our movement to stand together, strategize and plan our next move.

Calendar of Events

Valentine's Brainstorm and Brews
Help brainstorm ways to make our union a stronger,
more inclusive organization in the face of “right to work”
Wednesday, February 14
4:00 pm, Falling Sky EMU

Film Screening: Sista in the Brotherhood
Join LERC and the workers' caucus for a screening of a short film
Followed by a discussion with Sherman Henry and Donna Hammond
Facebook event here
Thursday, February 15th
6:30-9:30 pm, GTFF office

Organizing Blitz Sign-up!
We're currently at 75% membership, but with your help we can increase this number! We're holding a week-long organizing blitz, and we'd love your help! Sign-up for 2 hour shifts, no experience required, training will be provided.
Week of Feb 19-23
Sign-up here!

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. 
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