Before we dive in to the recap of our November 20 bargaining session, we wanted to take a moment to express our gratitude for all of the work members have been putting into our contract campaign. Whether you’ve been showing up to our General Membership Meetings, participating in our actions or checking in with your… Continue reading UO’s flashy salary offer won’t meet our needs. Here’s why.
Big wins for our international and caregiving colleagues.
We made significant progress during our second (12+ hour!) mediation session with UO on October 9. After months of holding on to our Caregiving Support and International GE Support articles, the administration’s team brought them back to the table—and though their offers were underwhelming (they struck most of our proposals), it meant that we could finally have more holistic and informed discussions about our financial priorities.
Here’s what happened on our first day.
As we head into mediation, here’s where we stand.
Their comments at the table indicated that they’re not interested in holding supervisors accountable for misgendering GEs, or in recognizing ADA accommodations as an urgent matter.
Our proposals are based on real data about what our members need. We think a mediator will recognize those facts, even if UO refuses to do so.
The audience of more than 65 GEs and allies walked out of our bargaining session on August 3 in response to a pitiful salary offer from UO. The university’s team had held on to our last counteroffer for 75 days, yet their long-awaited proposal offered merely a 2 percent raise to current GEs making above… Continue reading UO’s 2 percent wage offer made our members walk out
Though GEs were excited to see that UO had finally brought counterproposals to our July 20 bargaining session, tension in the room ratcheted up each time the university’s team revealed a proposal that wasn’t the one we’d been waiting for: Article 22, GE salaries. When GTFF’s team finally asked where their proposal was, UO reiterated… Continue reading UO, allow us to explain how bargaining works
The July 6 bargaining session got heated when a discussion about international students’ access to summer funding and work opportunities led UO’s team to state outright what has long been implied by their stonewalling: They’re not willing to recognize what it takes for graduate employees to survive year-round in Eugene, and although their initial wage… Continue reading UO’s mask-off moment makes their priorities clear