Matthew O-G

Matthew O-G is a community organizer and writes a newsletter about Eugene/Springfield politics with a focus on labor that can be found at solidarity.substack.com

The UO “Demonstration Team”

Surveillance of Students Integrated Across Dozens of Administration Offices and UOPD

Labor Updates from Solidarity News

Check out Solidarity News here! The last few months there has been an outstanding amount of labor activity from workers going on strike, winning new contracts, to seeking to form new unions. It is hard to keep up, even for a seasoned unionist. It has been invigorating, but there have also been losses. In mid-December,…

Eugene Starbucks Workers Fight for Union

Check out Solidarity News here! On January 6, workers at the Starbucks store on 29th and Willamette in Eugene filed for a union election, the first store to do so in Oregon. They joined Starbucks Workers United which has organized 100 shops across the country. This fast growing movement was sparked by workers in Buffalo,…

Public Records Request Reveals Campus Collusion with the CIA

In November of last year, CIA recruiters made a visit to the University of Oregon campus. In our December issue we wrote about their visit and the counterprotest that was organized against it. We had one lingering question: “who arranged for the CIA to recruit on campus, and why?” Since then, we have obtained public…

UCSC graduate employees go on wildcat strike

Graduate employees at University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) voted by a landslide margin for a wildcat grade strike on Dec. 8, 2019. The strikers refuse to submit final grades unless the administration gives them a cost of living adjustment (COLA). UCSC GEs demand a COLA of $1,412 per month so they can afford to…

United Academics begins bargaining

United Academics of the University of Oregon (UAUO), the union that represents faculty at the university, kicked off bargaining for a new contract last month. Atop of some of their priorities is more rights for non-tenure faculty and undergraduate student support. This will only be their third contract and first new contract in five years….

GTFF Prepares to Strike

The Graduate Teach Fellows Federation (GTFF), the union that represents graduate employees at the University of Oregon has been bargaining for a new contract for about a year. For much of this year GTFF bargained alongside their union cousins at SEIU 503, participating in joint actions. Classified workers of SEIU secured an agreement from management…

Five Years of UO Privatization

The Board of Trustees (BoT) currently serves as the top governing body at the University of Oregon, presiding over decisions that have brought the ire of many students and labor unions. The BoT, however, has been the governing body of the UO for less than six years. A group of wealthy people created the Oregonians…

Monthly Labor Column: December

It was the end of October, and the graduate employees at the University of Oregon looked to be on the verge of a strike. The union that represents them, GTFF, held multiple actions leading up to when they were scheduled to strike. On Tuesday, October 30, shortly before midnight, GTFF reached a deal with the…

By Matthew O-G January 26, 2020