The local meeting this week had many updates about bargaining that our brother and sister unions on campus are going through.
The first update came from a special guest, Joe Henry, President of the GTFF. The GTFs started this Fall term without a contract. They are currently in mediation after having voted to strike if they do not receive a fair contract offer. The main sticking points of bargaining are currently: paid sick leave, maternity/paternal leave, and that the UO President should not authorize the contract. The GTFF believes that the new board should authorize the new contract once an agreement is reached. If a strike should occur, the earliest it could happen is the week before Thanksgiving.
The second speaker was Allison Hart who is representing the UOPD police officers who are currently in bargaining with the UO. There are 9 police officers, with only 3 being on campus currently. The other 6 are in various stages of training which is very important to having a great police force. UOPD will be going to mediation on November 5th. The main points of contention are financial issues such as comparable pay to other local police departments and overtime limits.
The third speaker of the day was Johnny Earl, Local 085 Chief Bargaining Delegate, who talked about upcoming events and the bargaining survey which will be reviewed the first week of December. SEIU needs people to take the surveys so during bargaining, the Bargaining Team can focus on what is most important to our members.
Local 085 President Carla McNally spoke next about membership. Being a member is important and takes nothing more than filling out a form. Membership numbers helps us during bargaining by showing SEIU’s strength. You can check your pay stub to make sure that you are a member. If it say’s “SEIU Fare Share,” then you are not a full member.
The upcoming Membership Drive will be happening on October 21st in two shifts, 10 AM – 12:30 PM and 12:15 PM – 2:45 PM. There will be a meeting in the EMU Fishbowl before each shift for a short orientation. For more information, contact Lisa Sieracki, firstname.lastname@example.org, 541-346-1834, Local 085 Membership Coordinator.
Local 085 members are invited to the Weaving New Beginnings held by the Office of the Dean on Thursday, October 16th from 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM. This is a reception to welcome all students, faculty, staff of color, and allies. There will be food, fun, and fellowship.
Denise Garrett, our local field organizer, spoke about the upcoming elections and the need to get the vote out. SEIU has put out recommendations on some measures and candidates.
The last announcement came from Theodora Ko-Thompson who is working to get bulletin boards across campus updated. Our contract allows for SEIU to have a bulletin board in each building. This is a great way to get the word out upcoming events or current issues. We need people to help keep them updated. For more information, see the flyer in the photo gallery below.