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Upcoming Events ~ News

Welcome back—let's get to work!

Upcoming Events

Keep an eye out for events through email, on our Facebook page, and on our calendar!
  • United Academics’ 1st Bargaining Session (Link)
    UAUO’s first bargaining session is today! They’ll be introducing most of their economic bargaining planks at that session, including salary/raise proposals, child care proposal, and more. They’re hoping for a big turnout on day one, so roll out, and wear your GTFF gear. Let’s stand in solidarity with our faculty!
    Day: Thursday, Jan. 9 
    Time: 12pm - 3pm
    Location: Crater Lake Room, EMU
    Contact: sinclair@uauoregon.org (Chris Sinclair)
  • No to War with Iran (National Day of Action) Rally (FB Event)
    CALC, 350 Eugene, Extinction Rebellion, Indivisible Eugene, WAND, and other allies are joining the call by CODEPINK to stand together and say NO to war with Iran. They will be gathering today (Thursday, January 9), at noon at Free Speech Plaza, 8th and Oak in downtown Eugene.
    Day: Thursday, Jan. 9
    Time: 12pm
    Location: Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza
  • Workers' Caucus Meeting 
    The Workers’ Caucus advocates for the recognition of the value and needs of GEs as workers. We believe that GEs, and workers generally, should have a more substantial role in university governance. Along these lines, we seek to change the institutional culture as it relates to labor issues.
    Day: Friday, 1/10 
    Time: 5pm
    Location: GTFF Office
    Contact: gtffworkerscaucus@gmail.com (Andy & Adam)
  • Community Action Planning Meeting
    Seen folks with signs of Board of Trustee faces outside Johnson Hall? They’re planning a meeting to talk about what democratizing the Board of Trustees, among other aspects of living, learning, and working at UO, would look like. Join other people organizing for a more democratic and open university for this strategy session!
    Day: Saturday, Jan. 11
    Time: 4pm - 7pm, community dinner after party 7-8pm
    Location: Multicultural Center, EMU
    Contact: external.relations@gtff.net (Rajeev)
  • Disability Access Caucus Meeting
    The Disability Access Caucus will be meeting next week in the GTFF office. Anyone interested is welcome!
    Day: Friday, Jan. 17
    Time: 5:30pm - 6:30pm
    Location: GTFF Office (609 E. 13th Ave.)
    Contactdisabilityaccessgtff@gmail.com (Kylen)
  • Winter GMM (FB Event)
    Come out to the first GMM of Winter term to discuss our plans for the rest of the year, including organizing campaigns, budget changes, political endorsements, and more! 
    Day: Friday, Jan. 17
    Time: 5:30pm-8:30pm
    Location: South Eugene High School Cafeteria
    Contact: operations@gtff.net (Rachel)

  • Queer Caucus Community Dinner and Check-In
    Have something you want to see from the GTFF Queer Caucus? Interested in learning what co-chairs Hayley and Tzula learned at Creating Change 2020? Want to just eat foodz with other queer (and queer allied) GEs? Great! Come by the Union office 6:30-8:30pm and hang!
    Day: Tuesday, Jan. 21
    Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
    Location: GTFF Office (609 E. 13th Ave.)
    Contactgtffqueercaucus@gmail.com (Tzula and Haley)
  • OSU's Coalition of Graduate Employees (CGE) 20th Anniversary ft. Boots Riley (Link for tickets)
    Our grad employee cousins at OSU (CGE) are celebrating their 20th anniversary! Boots Riley will be delivering the keynote address to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and to celebrate CGE's 20 years as a recognized union for OSU workers. Boots Riley is a prominent black American rapper, producer, screenwriter, community organizer and director whose pro-labor feature "Sorry to Bother You," received universal acclaim from audiences and critics alike. Free tickets to this event can be reserved at the link above
    Day: Friday, Jan. 24
    Time: 5pm - 7pm
    Location: LaSells Stewart Center
    Contact: stafforganizer@gtff.net (Michael)

We stand in solidarity with the Iranian people, including our own colleagues, past and present. As a labor union,  we seek to embrace a sense of internationalism that recognizes the shared experiences and interests of working people all over the world. We stand together with one another and with Iraqi and Iranian people in solidarity as workers against forces that would seek to divide us and pit us against each other.
Together, we are strong.


AFT-OR Winter School

Our parent union, AFT-Oregon, will be hosting their annual Winter Organizing School January 24 and 25 in Hillsboro. Learn from AFT organizers and leaders at workshops with twelve topics ranging from “Bargaining over Health Insurance Benefits” to “Work Life Balance.” You can check out their brochure for all the details. 

This is a great way to learn more about organizing, whether you are already involved or looking to find more ways to do so! 

Registration closes Friday (tomorrow!) January 10. If you or someone you know is interested, make sure to contact Michael Marchman at stafforganizer@gtff.net ASAP to make sure you get registered!

E-Council Update

The executive council met for the first time this term yesterday (January 8). We set the agenda for our upcoming GMM on January 17, which you can check out on the Facebook event! We’ll be kicking off an organizing campaign to advocate for greater institutional acknowledgement of and support for international GEs, discussing amendments to our budget, and getting updates from caucuses, committees, and the executive board. 

Additionally, endorsement requests are coming in from candidates for office--stay tuned for more information about these potential endorsements, what they mean, and a week 7 GMM to discuss and vote on them!

Caucuses & Committees
Find solidarity in a caucus or a committee!

Caucuses and committees are open to all members, and they're a great way to play to your strengths and connect with folks in our union in a setting much smaller than a GMM.  Check out existing caucuses and committees below (and feel free to contact a chair to get involved)! Our bylaws also provide for the formation of ad hoc caucuses and committees. Email equity@gtff.net (Michelle) for more info or with questions!

Disability Access Caucus

The Disability Access Caucus will be meeting at the GTFF office on Fridays this term (see full dates below). If you want to participate at a distance (livestream, Skype, etc.) or set up accommodations - please contact Caucus Chair Kylen Gartland at either kylen.gartland@gmail.com or disabilityaccessgtff@gmail.com!

  • Friday, January 17th (Week 2) - 5:30-6:30pm
  • Friday, January 31st (Week 4) - 5:30-6:30pm
  • Friday, February 14th ❤️ (Week 6) - 5:30-6:30
  • Friday, February 28th (Week 8 )- 5:30-6:30
  • Friday, March 13th (Week 10) - 5:30-6:30

International GE Advocacy Committee

This ad hoc committee formed at this week's e-council and is looking for members! Want to get involved in organizing our campaign for much-needed institutional support for international GEs at UO? Please share your thoughts, ideas, and energy with this committee and with our union as we fight to make this university and graduate study more equitable for all our members!

Contact Mushira (interim committee chair) if you're interested in getting involved.


Caucus Chair/Contact
Asian and Pacific Islander Caucus Kiana Nadonza and Tiyas Bhattacharyya
Disability Access Caucus Kylen Gartland
Environmental Justice Caucus Ellee Stapleton and Markus Koeneke
People of Color Caucus Ricardo Friaz
International GE Caucus Mushira Habib and Pearl Lee
Parents' Caucus Liz Fairchild
Queer Caucus Tzula Propp and Haley Shapiro
Survivor Support Caucus Emily Beecher and Dan Fielding
Women's Caucus Emilee Jackson
Workers’ Caucus Andy Labuza and Adam Morse
Latinx Caucus Vacant (Interested in chairing?)


Committee Chair/Contact
International GE Advocacy Committee Mushira Habib (interim)
Activities Committee Rachel Hampton
Budget Committee Alberto Lioy
Committee on Political Education (COPE) Sarah Stach
Communications Committee Teresa Caprioglio
Equity Committee Michelle Dreiling
Organizing Committee Trevor Brunnenmeyer

Paid Parental Leave Update

New benefits from the contract are in place, including paid parental leave. Currently, at least three GEs are using this benefit. At least one GE is taking leave retroactively, as they had their child before the contract was ratified. We are still figuring out the specifics of this benefit, so it is unclear how retroactive it truly is, but if you have had a child within the past year, have not already taken parental leave and are interested in making use of the new paid parental leave benefit, contact Alexis Kiessling (grievances@gtff.net) or Michael Marchman (stafforganizer@gtff.net).

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