GTFF Contract Negotiations Update – UO Says “No” to Better Health Care, Benefits, and Wages

Negotiations on a new contract for graduate teaching fellows aren’t going well. Not only has the UO rejected union proposals to add major dental coverage, improve vision coverage, and increase compensation, but they’re proposing to eliminate the GTFF-administered health and welfare trust and
reduce their layoff rights.

More information is available at the GTFF website. GTFs provided strong support during our contract campaign last fall. You can show your support for GTFs by signing the petition to UO administration at the GTFF website. Just click on the link in the upper right-hand corner.
Below is a statement of support for the GTFs approved by our local elected officers.

University of Oregon Administration:

We—the faculty, staff, and students of the University of Oregon—express our strong support for the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation (the GTFF) in their current contractual negotiations with the University. In light of the invaluable contribution GTFs make to the instructional and research-oriented missions of the University, we feel GTFs have earned a contract that provides them with fair compensation, respectful treatment, and the basic securities provided to other campus employee groups. We demand that the University administration take seriously the GTFF’s bargaining proposals— including calls for a minimum wage that actually meets living expenses for graduate students in Eugene, satisfactory vision and dental coverage, and paid parental and sick leave—and respect the right of the GTFF health and welfare trust to oversee health insurance coverage for GTFs.

We stand beside the GTFF and call upon the University administration to take concrete and immediate steps, at the bargaining table and beyond, to provide GTFs with the fair wages, equitable benefits, and respectful working conditions they deserve.

SEIU Local 085