Winter 2019 Week 10 Newsletter (copy 01)

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GTFF 3544 Newsletter

Upcoming Events ~ News

Enjoy your Spring Break!

Spring Term is going to be a busy one!

Upcoming Events

Keep an eye out for events through email, on our Facebook page, and on our calendar!

  • Queer-Disability Access Caucuses Joint Event
    Super fun social event jointly hosted by the Queer and Disability Access Caucuses! Feel free to bring friends, allies, significant others, etc. We will have hot cocoa (plus the full bar), games, trivia, and a chance to socialize in an accessible and welcoming space. Please reach out if you have any accommodation requests. Spectrum should be happy to work with us on a number of things (such as mobility access, lighting, etc.). We'd really love to see some of you there for a little relaxation before Spring term begins.
    Day: Sunday, 3/31 (Week 1)
    Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location: Unicorn Room in Spectrum (150 W. Broadway)
    Contact: Tzula Propp ( and
    Kylen Gartland (

  • Bargaining Committee Meetings
    This is the group who will sit at the table with the University and write contract proposals over the next year.
    Days: Mondays
    Time: 5:30pm
    Location: GTFF Office (609 E. 13th Ave.)
    Contact: Mike Magee (
  • Contract Action Team (CAT) Meeting
    Find out how the CAT plans to support the union's bargaining efforts! All members of the GTFF are invited to attend! Please RSVP here.
    Day: Tuesday, 4/2 (Week 1)
    Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
    Location: GTFF Office (609 E. 13th Ave.)
    Contact: Nikki Cox (

  • Contract Funeral
    Join us in celebrating the life of our collective bargaining agreement. Despite GTFF bargaining in good faith with the university for almost five months, UO has yet to respond with a serious economic counterproposal. Our Bargaining Committee has attempted to make movement at the table, but without movement from the other side, we have been unable to settle a new contract. We will gather at the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation office at 10:30 and process to Johnson Hall. After the funeral ceremony, there will be a wake at Falling Sky in the Erb Memorial Union. For more information, visit the event's Facebook page.
    Day: Wednesday, 4/3 (Week 1)
    Time: 10:30am - 12:00pm
    Location: Johnson Hall (1098 E. 13th Ave.
    Contact: Nikki Cox (

  • Ninth Bargaining Session
    We expect to hear some money talk!! Let's show up to witness what the university thinks will be an appropriate response to our economic proposals
    (People are welcome to come and go as needed. Can't make it in person? Tune in to our livestream and show your support on social media by tagging your posts with #GradsRAISEUO and #UOworksbecausewedo!)
    For more information, visit the event's Facebook page.

    - Date: Friday, 4/5 (Week 1)
    - Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm (tentative)
    - Location: TBD

    Contact: Mike Magee (

  • Portland Troublemakers School
    Join union members, labor activists, and community organizers for a day of skill-building and strategy discussions to create a stronger workers’ movement. There will be workshops on Secrets of a Successful Organizer, contract campaigns, building labor-community alliances, winning strikes, defending our unions, new worker organizing, and lots more! Registration is $10 and includes a light breakfast, coffee, lunch, and workshop materials. Childcare stipends, transportation, and Spanish translation available. Register here:
    Day: Saturday, 4/6
    Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
    Location: Pacific NW Carpenters Institute (4222 NE 158th Ave. Portland, OR)

    Contact: Ellen Gillooly-Kress (
  • Joshua Hunt Talk
    Come hear the author of the dramatic exposé of how the University of Oregon sold its soul to Nike, and what that means for the future of our public institutions and our society. This event is open to all and has been co-sponsored by GTFF, UAUO, ESSN, and LERC.
    Day: Tuesday, 4/9 (Week 2)
    Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm
    Location: 100 Willamette Hall
    Contact: Michael Marchman (

  • Spring General Membership Meeting (GMM)
    All Full and Associate Members are invited to the Spring General Membership Meeting (GMM)! Refreshments will be provided. Need childcare? Contact Ellen ( More details to come!
    Day: Thursday, 4/18 (Week 3)
    Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
    Location: South Eugene High School cafeteria (400 E. 19th Ave.
    Contact: Ellen Gillooly-Kress (

  • E-Council Meeting
    All Stewards and Caucus Chairs should attend -- all members are welcome! RSVP here
    Day: Tuesday, 4/16 (Week 3)
    Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
    Location: GTFF Office (609 E. 13th Ave.)
    Contact: Nikki Cox (

  • 2019 AFT-OR Convention
    Every other year, local chapter affiliates of AFT-OR (our parent union) gather for convention. At convention, local chapters connect to organize and mobilize; vote on resolutions and state bylaw changes; elect members of the AFT-OR executive board; and join together in celebration of solidarity.
    - Dates: Friday, 5/3 - Sunday, 5/5 (Week 5)
    - Location: Sunriver, OR

    Contacts: Ellen Gillooly-Kress (


Have you seen these around campus? 

GTFF Members are “blacking out” their office doors to show where GE labor would be lost should our new contract not support our ability to live, teach, and learn at UO.

This is part of our bargaining campaign and is meant to catch the attention of our undergrad students, our supervisors, and UO admin.

If your door has already been "blacked out," post a picture of it on social media with the hashtags #GradsRAISEUO#GTFF3544, & #UOworksbecausewedo.

If you would like to participate, email Nikki Cox at

Call for Bargaining Testimony

Why is R.A.I.S.E. is important for me, you, us?
We are asking Members to share testimonies, stories, statements, or interviews related with bargaining proposals put forth by the GTFF and by UO.

Opportunities to share your story include live testimony at the bargaining table, video recordings of interviews, and signed or anonymous written reflections.

We are especially seeking input on the following areas:
Challenges of parenting as a GE
Challenges faced by International GEs
Challenges finding/affording quality housing

Your contribution is extremely crucial in furthering the bargaining process, since collective statements of our members are the main power in this journey.   
To share your story, contact: 
Mike Magee (
Hyunsoo Lee (
Kayleigh Peterman (
Bargaining Updates
We have been busily bargaining in March, with the seventh and eighth bargaining sessions including further counter-proposals from the UO and the GTFF on primarily non-economic items. Things at the table are getting contentious, and may get more so as we get further into economic discussions coming up!
GTFF members from within the Bargaining Committee and from the general membership have given testimonials to both bargaining teams about some of these key issues. Michelle Dreiling shared moving words about what it’s like to be a student, instructor, wife, and mother at all times and in all decisions (and not just when it’s convenient); Hannah Wellman and Jason McLarty described how key health insurance is to their experience at UO; Dan Shtob’s stories about mounting childcare costs presented the UO team with an opportunity to be more competitive in assisting GEs with families.

Adam Morse, Hyunsoo Lee, and Dan Fielding spoke about the difficulties they and others have had in finding housing, navigating co-signer and subleasing policies as international students, and renting sight-unseen—even facing homelessness for months before finding a stable living situation. The UO has rejected our efforts to address housing in the contract up to this point. We continue to ask that they defer first month rent for GEs living in university-operated housing, and ask that the UO provide GEs with up-to-date reports on the Eugene housing situation.

We continue to tentatively agree on articles, bargaining in good faith toward a contract that serves the needs of our membership.  Recently we have tentatively agreed on Article 4, regarding updates to dues deductions, Article 14, regarding consultation timelines, and Article 16, regarding discipline and discharge and members’ rights to union representation. Remember, nothing is final until the general membership (that’s you) votes on it, so stay informed by reading these updates and attending bargaining sessions!

The UO has told us to expect an economic counter-proposal (real money talk, this time!) at the next session. This is what we have been asking the University’s bargaining team to provide since their first economic package proposal early winter term—and it’s coming very late in the bargaining process. We want to make sure the university knows we’re paying attention to how they’ve delayed this proposal, and that we’re committed to seeing our priorities through, so come sit in and hear what they have to say!

Stand with your bargaining team at the next bargaining session and show the university what R.A.I.S.E. means to us!

Friday, 4/5
12PM-4PM (tentative)

Location TBD 

People are welcome to come and go as needed. If you can’t be there in person, tune in to our livestream ( and show your support on social media by tagging your posts with #GradsRAISEUO and #GTFF3544.
 Let’s show up and show that we are united!

Are you interested in helping out with bargaining?
Contact Nikki Cox ( and Kayleigh Peterman (!
Keep an eye out for these great events!


Don't have a GE Appointment for Spring?

Become an Associate Member!

Becoming an Associate Member allows non-GEs to stay involved with the GTFF. Associate Members enjoy full rights as union members, such as attending meetings and social events, voting in elections, running for office, and accessing members-only discounts at local businesses. However, Associate Members cannot participate in contract ratification, or strike authorization, or decertification votes.
To enjoy these benefits, Associate Members contribute $41.18 per term, the equivalent of the dues of our lowest-paid Full Members.

Many students become Associate Members to start their membership early (if they have a GE assignment in the future) or to continue their membership (if they had a GE assignment in the past). Many others join as Associate Members because they believe in the cause of our union and want to work toward better inclusion and solidarity. Whatever their reasons, we love and appreciate the efforts of our Associate Members!
To sign up as an Associate Member, visit our website:

AFT Academics Survey

AFT Academics wants to hear from you! They are organizing across the country and want to know what you think. Please fill out this survey: 
If you want to get involved, please let us know--we are happy to follow up with you.

AFT Academics is a new national union of academic workers. We are dedicated to creating a just, sustainable, and engaged academy by empowering the people who make it run. Through solidarity, direct action, and legislative efforts we can win on the issues that impact academic workers, our students, and our communities.

AFT Academics is a project of the American Federation of Teachers. The AFT is 1.7 million members strong, and the largest higher education union in the United States at over 250,000 members in colleges and universities across the country. Learn more about the AFT here.
Know Your Contract

Our Collective Bargaining Agreement, in Article 9, explains GE appointment process: 
Section 3. Course assignments for the following academic year shall be offered to GEs in a timely fashion to allow for adequate preparation. To facilitate adequate course preparation, each hiring unit shall apprise teaching GEs of course assignments at least two weeks prior to the start of classes, including the provision of assigned syllabi where applicable. Shorter notice may be necessary due to circumstances including, but not limited to, changes in the courses or course sections being offered, unexpected variations in student enrollment, schedule conflicts, or changes in the availability of staff.

When unexpected variations in student enrollment occur requiring the addition or deletion of course sections, assignments may be changed after students register for classes. An effort shall be made to avoid conflicts between the GE’s course schedule and their GE assignment.

If course assignments offered in writing are subsequently changed, the hours spent in preparation for the original assignment shall be credited for the purpose of determining workload. If within the year the assignment for which preparation credit was assessed is offered to the GE, the credited time will again be included in the workload. In no instance will more than twenty-four (24) hours be so credited—or deducted—in any given term. A GE may not be asked to perform more than twenty-four (24) hours of such preparatory work unless otherwise designated in a Workload Allocation Form.


Section 9. GEs who will be required to be at work during periods of academic recess, except during registration period, shall be given no less than thirty-five (35) calendar days’ written notice. GEs required to work at special events, conferences, attend retreats, assist in language fairs or perform other similar non-routine activities shall be given fifteen (15) calendar days 15 written notice. When such activities require travel, GEs are eligible for reimbursement and per diem in accordance with prevailing rates. In the event of an emergency, and with the mutual agreement of the GE and the unit head, a lesser notice period can be arranged. If timely notice is not given and the GE refuses to work during these activities, disciplinary sanctions will not be imposed. When possible, departments and programs will hold meetings at which GE attendance is required during regular workday hours rather than at night or on weekends.
The rights and privileges of GEs at UO are fought for and won through bargaining! In order to best represent our members, we need input from everyone, including you! Sign up to give your testimony!

Caucus Corner

With the goal of creating more safe, inclusive, and "RAISE"d environment, our caucuses and diverse community members are working hard to present testimonies to bargaining sessions and bring together voices of underrepresented members.  

T.R.U.S.T. Caucus
The TRUST Caucus had a meeting on 3/19. The members discussed how to  communicate the “share why you don’t share” campaign. Also, the members finalized the draft of GTFF sexual assault survivor support resolution for ATF-OR submission. Other various agendas were gone through, including uplifting our survivor support environment and developing reporting awareness.

Disability Access Caucus
Caucus members attended a subgroup meeting on 3/20 with Bargaining Committee members, UO's bargaining team, and UO's ADA representative. Discussion was about sharing what members want to be improved, making amendments to CBA for accommodation, accessibility, and trainings about proper behavior to members with disability. There will be additional subgroup meetings open to caucus members.

Interested in joining a caucus? Email the Caucus Chairs:
Disability Access Caucus Kylen Gartland
Environmental Justice Caucus Nick Theis & Sam Ault
GEs of Color Caucus Youssef Ait Benasser
International Caucus Sanan Moradi
Parents' Caucus Amy Rowland
Queer Caucus Tzula Propp
T.R.U.S.T. Caucus Emily Beecher
Women's Caucus Vacant
Workers’ Caucus Vacant

Position Open:

UO Campus Mental Health Advisory Council

According to Article 3, Section 7 of our CBA, "The GTFF may request representation on any campus, department, college, school, or employing unit standing committee that impacts this Collective Bargaining Agreement or the terms and conditions of GE employment." A position has opened on UO's Campus Mental Health Advisory Council for a GTFF Member.
See below for more information: 

The University Counseling Center, in collaboration with the Prevention Sciences Department, recently received exciting news that we were awarded a federal grant called the Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) Campus Suicide Prevention Grant. With the GLS grant, we are hoping to enhance programs and services related to mental health, promote help-seeking behaviors, reduce stigma, and improve the identification and support of students in distress and at-risk of suicide.

Given how much we value your role, especially given the balance of being a graduate student and employee, we are asking that a representative of the GTFF to serve on our UO Campus Mental Health Advisory Council. This advisory council will meet once a term, and we don’t anticipate tasks outside of these termly meetings since the support from the advisory council will work in parallel with the pre-existing working group called the UO Campus Mental Health Task Force.

One of our first initiatives includes participating in JED Campus, a nationwide initiative of the JED foundation designed to guide higher education institutions through a collaborative process of reviewing and developing comprehensive systems, programs, and policies to build upon existing student mental health, substance abuse, and suicide prevention efforts.

Please let us know if you are able to join our efforts. Our first meeting will be held on Thursday, April 4 from 1:00-2:30PM in the Cedar/Spruce (231-232) room in the EMU. We will send an Outlook invite once we get confirmation of you joining.
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