W20 Week 9 Updates

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Upcoming Events

Keep an eye out for events through email, on our Facebook page, and on our calendar!
  • TODAY: Solidarity Spam 4 UCSC (SIGN UP!)
    We are going do to a focused phone and email bank for two of the UC administrators who have been at the forefront of retaliatory action during UCSC's wildcat strike, including recently terminating up to 80 or so grads from Spring appointments. We have a two pronged approach: hosting 20-30 people in the office, making phone calls, sending emails and being active on social media, as well as running a remote participation option where people can call/email from their own offices using a script we will provide. 
    Day: Wednesday, Mar. 4
    Time: 10am-11am
    Location: GTFF Office (609 E. 13th St.)
    Contact: humanities.gtff@gmail.com (Rhiannon)
  •  TODAY: International GE Advocacy Committee Meeting
    This committee is directly involved in strategizing in our campaign for much-needed institutional support for international GEs at UO and within our union. Please share your thoughts, ideas, and energy with this committee and with our union as we work to make this university and graduate study more equitable for all our members!
    Day: Wednesday, Mar. 4
    Time: 5:30pm - 7pm
    Location: GTFF Office (609 E. 13th Ave.)
    Contactigadvocacyc@gmail.com (Mushira)
  • Scott Warren at Geography's Tea Speaker Series (Link
    The Geography department's Tea Speaker Series is hosting Scott Warren, a geology teacher and activist with No More Deaths. His talk, titled "A new kind of company town: Resistance and perseverance in the borderland," is open to the public!
    Day: Thursday, Mar. 5
    Time: 4:00pm
    Location: Lillis 282
  • International Women's Day Film Screening (Link)
    Celebrate International Women's Day! The Women's, Workers', and International GE Caucuses are hosting an evening of powerful short documentary films about international women's issues (exact screening titles TBA), conversations, and snacks. Everyone is welcome!
    Day: Friday, Mar. 6
    Time: 4:30pm - 7:00pm
    Location: GTFF Office (609 E. 13th Ave.)
    Contact: clarkkisa@gmail.com (Kisa)
  • GTFF Bowling Night (RSVP)
    Week 10 got you needing a break? Join us for bowling at Round 1 in the Valley River Center! Shoes and 2 games covered by GTFF. This is a family friendly event! Please RSVP,
    Day: Tuesday, Mar. 10
    Time: 6pm
    Location: Round 1 at Valley River Center  (Map)
    Contact: operations@gtff.net (Rachel)
Flyer for GTFF bowling night. Reads: Hey colleague, let's bowl! March 10, 2020 at 6pm at Round 1 in Valley River Center. The GTFF will cover 2 games + shoes, RSVP at bit.ly/GTFFbowling. Event is family-friendly.
  • Climate Town Hall (Link)
    This town hall hosted by 350 Eugene  features a panel on local environmental equity issues, followed by breakout groups that focus on how climate activists can engage with local environmental justice issues. Together, attendees will share resources, identify and organize next steps to take together. Childcare is provided--please contact info@350eugene.org for information.
    Day: Tuesday, Mar. 10
    Time: 6:30pm
    Location: Campbell Community Center (Map)

  • Winter Training Series: Know Your Rights
    Mark your calendars for the last event of the Winter Training Series! The Survivor Support, Disability Access, Asian and Pacific Islander, Workers' and Queer Caucuses have jointly sponsoring a four-part series of trainings this term, and we're closing out with a Know Your Rights training about how to navigate interactions with ICE and the police, in general, in the workplace, and at protests.
    Date: Thursday, Mar. 12
    Time: 5pm
    Location: GTFF Office (609 E. 13th St.)
    Contact: evbeecher@gmail.com (Emily)
Flyer for Know Your Rights training in partnership with the Civil Liberties Defense Center, Thursday March 12 at 5pm in the GTFF office.
  • Standing Meetings
    The meetings listed below happen on a regular (weekly/biweekly) basis at the GTFF office, often weekly. Any member is welcome to attend any of these meetings! You can also find them on the GTFF calendar.
    Meeting Day & Time Contact
    Equity Committee Mondays, 12-1:30  Michelle
    Executive Board Tuesdays, 12-2  Ellen
    Grievance Committee Tuesdays, 4-5pm  Alexis
    Lead Stewards Every other Friday, 2-3pm  Trevor
    Organizing Committee Fridays, 3-4pm  Trevor
    International GE Advocacy Committee Meets biweekly, dates vary. Next: Today Wed. 3/4, 5:30pm  Mushira

E-Council Update

The executive council met last night (March 3) for the last time this quarter. See below for a brief recap of what was discussed!
  • Romance Languages Overwork Arbitration
    Yesterday, we filed our intent to arbitrate a grievance in Romance Languages related to overwork, with rising cap sizes that directly contradict good language-acquisition pedagogy and the number of hours available in a GE's work schedule. UAUO (the faculty union) has also filed an intent to arbitrate on the same issue, and we'll be combining efforts in both the arbitration and in collective actions about this grievance going forward! If you have questions, contact Alexis at grievances@gtff.net.

  • UCSC Solidarity Spam (see above)
  • SHIP Campaign (see below)
  • 2020-2021 Budget
    The Budget Committee has put together 3 budget proposals for the executive council to consider for next year's budget, to be approved by mid-Spring. If you would like more information or to get more involved with budget planning, contact Alberto at treasurer@gtff.net. The Budget Committee is planning to meet again before the end of March.

  • 2020 Bylaw change proposals
    We'll hold our elections near the end of spring term, where we'll vote on officers and changes to the bylaws that govern our collective body. Any GTFF member can  propose bylaw changes! If you have ideas about how the bylaws can be changed to better serve our union's goals, these proposals will be due by week 5 of Spring term. Have ideas, but not sure how to start crafting a bylaw change? Contact Ellen at president@gtff.net.

✊Get aboard the S.H.I.P!✊

We're squarely in the first stage of the Solidarity Has Infinite Possibilities (S.H.I.P.) campaign: gathering our collective knowledge so we can move forward effectively and in a fully informed way.
To reach this goal, EVERY GE needs to fill out this 5-minute survey (bit.ly/resourcesforGEs) about resources and support structures in your department!

 Also, if you haven't seen signs like the one below asking your department about their support for international GEs, check with your steward or pop by the GTFF office at 609 E. 13th to pick one up!

This is only the first stage--look forward to more SHIP communications and actions in the Spring term. Contact Michelle at equity@gtff.net with any questions or 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.


Apply to be a Member Organizer!

This term, GTFF will be participating in AFT-Oregon’s Member Organizer Institute, a training and development opportunity for emerging leaders and activists who are ready to take their union organizing skills to the next level and build our local for the future. Check out the application here.
MOI is a 10-11 week intensive paid training program that teaches organizing skills through real-world experience in concert with staff and local leaders. This program capitalizes on one of our most valuable resources--our members--to help build union power and activism.
The goal of the institute is to train union members to build power, grow our membership, engage current members in our union and ensure the long-term sustainability of GTFF by having members trained to continue their organizing work and help develop other members after participating in the institute. Member organizers have gone on to hold leadership positions in the GTFF!
Program highlights include:
  • Attend a two-day organizing training with other member organizing institute/academy participants
  • Get real-world field experience under guidance from professional organizing staff
  • Regular team meetings with other MOI participants to compare and learn
  • Establish & build organizing practices for our local
 We are looking for members who are interested in using this opportunity as a way to jump-start or deepen a long-term involvement with GTFF--if this sounds like you, send your applications and questions to Jessica Foster, our AFT National Representative at jfoster@aft.org.

The application deadline is March 20, 2020:
submit your application ASAP to be considered for the program!
Contract update:
Spring Union Releases
We won union releases in our contract this fall! This means that 2 GEs can be released from their GE assignments per academic year term to do focused union work. This winter term, your VPs for Equity and Grievances, Michelle Dreiling and Alexis Kiessling, used these releases to do amazing work for us as a collective. 

In the spring, E-council has approved your president, Ellen Gilooly-Kress, and your VP for Member Communications, Teresa Caprioglio, for union release. See below for brief descriptions of the work they'll be doing this spring:

Ellen Gillooly-Kress is taking a union release this spring term with the goal of ensuring a smooth transition for the 2020-2021 school year. This will include continued work with the Equity and International GE Advocacy Committees to open access to officer positions, equitably recruit leadership, and hold leadership trainings. She will also oversee by-law amendments, including hosting writing workshops and working to consult on proposed by-law changes for next year. You can reach her with questions, suggestions, et cetera, at president@gtff.net.

Teresa Caprioglio is taking a union release this spring term to continue to develop and implement the communications strategy and materials of the S.H.I.P. campaign in work with the Equity, International GE Advocacy, and Organizing Committees. This will include coordinated social media posting, event promotion, emails and more, as well as revitalizing the Communications Committee to get more voices and talents involved in union communications. She will also be working on updates to our website, including an upload of our finalized new CBA and an expanded presence of caucus and member resources.You can reach her with questions, suggestions, et cetera, at member.communications@gtff.net

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!



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

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