W20 Week 7 Update

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September Late Pay:
UO's After-Action Report and Next Steps
We won, now it's time to hold them to it!

In September, 700 GEs weren’t paid on time. If you weren't one of them, you probably know someone who was. We filed a grievance on October 2nd, demanding that GEs not only be paid but compensated for any late pay or other financial harm they may have incurred. The University accepted the grievance on October 21, and we won reimbursement for late fees and fees for bounced checks, as well as an investigation from the University into the problem. They were to generate an “after-action review” to give to us, which we received on January 28th.

Here’s a summary:

The report tells us how necessary GE information actually gets into payroll. There are two kinds of forms that payroll needs on GEs. The problem that the University articulates in this report is that the late pay was a result of delays in forms getting to payroll in combination with low resources - in particular, there is only one employee in payroll who is tasked with paying GEs (an SEIU member who works very hard to do an incredible amount of labor).

One issue we have with the report is that late forms don’t really account for the volume of GEs that were paid late. According to the report, 251 necessary forms were received late. That leaves 449 GEs unaccounted for. The report doesn’t specify how these other GEs were paid late, and the University hasn’t given us more specific information yet.

The report details things the University could do to address the problem, though the University is not committing to these “opportunities”. They include things like automating parts of the system that aren’t yet or possibly hiring more than one person to handle GE pay during high-traffic times like September. Finally, the report gives a plan for what the Graduate School and Payroll will do this year to prevent this from happening. It’s mostly communication stuff, but it’s pretty detailed. 

This report appears to be a good faith effort by the University to actually address the problem. However, there’s still some questions to work out, and we’ll need to keep an eye on them to see what they’re actually doing.

In solidarity,
Alexis Kiessling, VP for Grievances 

Winter Training Series

The Survivor Support, Disability Access, Asian and Pacific Islander, Workers' and Queer Caucuses are jointly sponsoring a four-part series of trainings this month. Thanks to all those who came out to the first session, Crisis Response, last week! All GTFF members as well as campus and local community members are welcome to attend--snacks will be provided. Please register for the trainings!

Disrupting Microaggressions - TOMORROW, Thu., Feb. 20 @ 5:30pm

Flyer for Disrupting Microaggressions training with Nicole Francisco on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 5:30pm in the GTFF office
What are microaggressions? How are they harmful to our communities? How can we interrupt and address them productively? Please join us for this invaluable training for allies with Nicole Francisco (former VP for Equity) on microaggressions in our union and in our workplaces.
 

Universal Design - Fri., Feb. 28 @ 6pm

Flyer for Universal Design Training in partnership with Accessible Education Center Friday, Feb. 28 at 6PM in the GTFF office.
At this training we will discuss Universal Design - a theory that seeks to ensure education is accessible for all people regardless of age, size, ability or disability - best practices for our classes, & how to integrate Universal Design principles.
 

Know Your Rights - Thu., Mar. 12, @ 5pm

Flyer for Know Your Rights training in partnership with the Civil Liberties Defense Center, March 12 at 5pm, at the GTFF office.
At this training we will discuss how to navigate interactions with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the workplace and learn how to preserve your rights in interactions with police in general and at protests.
Intersectionality in the Intergenerational Labor Movement: a talk by April Sims
 
Along with LERC and other campus groups, we are co-sponsoring April Sims' presentation on intersectionality in the intergenerational labor movement next week! Her talk will explore intersectionality through the lens of personal experience, especially from working in labor movements for social and economic justice.
  • Day: Thursday, Feb. 20
  • Time: 3pm - 5pm
  • Location: Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center (Map)
     
Intersectionality and the intergenerational labor movement flyer, showing image of April Sims

Come to the GMM!
We'll be holding our second GMM of the term, primarily to discuss endorsement requests made to our union and any other endorsements members would like to suggest for us all to vote on. Information on candidates seeking our endorsement, including some policy positions and links to more information, can be found in the Committee on Political Education's pamphlet. Take a look in advance of the meeting! Candidates seeking our endorsement have been invited to come speak briefly and field questions from our membership.

The meeting will be held from 6-7:30pm in Straub 145 (Map). Come out and make your voice heard! 


Agenda:
Welcome 
How do endorsements work? 
Invited Candidates Speak
Recommendation Summary 
Questions for Candidates 
Endorsement Discussion 

Flyer for General Membership meeting to discuss political endorsements. To be held in Straub 145 from 6-8pm Friday Feb. 21

Voting will take place electronically the week following the GMM.

Solidarity Has Infinite Possibilities

Have you talked to your department steward about the Solidarity Has Infinite Possibilities (S.H.I.P.) campaign? We’re currently information-gathering about support structures and resources already in place--or not in place!--in departments on campus. If you have information you’d like to share, get in touch with your department steward, or let us know here: bit.ly/IntlGEresources 

Also, have signs gone up on doors in your departments this week asking them what they’ve done to support their international GEs? If you haven't seen these signs around, check in with your steward and feel free to pop by the GTFF office at 609 E. 13th to pick up a sign and to learn more about how to get involved! 

Door with sign attached. Sign is black with white text, reading "Dear SOJC, what have you done to support your international GEs? Warmly, GTFF." Also includes GTFF logo, and SOJC in red ink.


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