Labor

GTFF Speaks Out Against UO’s Back to School Protocols

By: J. Ellis- During the first week of classes, the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation UO chapter took to social media to amplify the concerns of its members about the university’s lack of effective COVID-19 precautions. A series of Twitter threads posted by @GTFF_3544 contain screenshots with anonymous tips and confessions of graduate employees submitted via…

Once more into the breach for climate justice: Breach Collective

Breach Collective is the new Environmental Org in town making noise across the environmental and climate justice spectrum. Only officially a non-profit for less than a year, the collective appears to draw from several environmental disciplines and various activist orgs. Notably the founders are former members of Our Children’s Trust staff, which organized around the…

Reclaim UO update

Dear Friends and Comrades of Reclaim UO, As we’re sure you are aware, 2020 was a rough year for everyone and Reclaim UO was not left unscathed. When Reclaim UO launched at the beginning of 2020, we had a lot of involvement with our meetings and our organizing efforts. We had started to gain some…

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…

GTFF Resists UO Admin to Secure Contract and Readies for Broader Struggle

After a yearlong contract fight, the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation reached an agreement with the University of Oregon administration. The contract was ratified in a vote in which 73 percent of GTFF members participated and 93 percent voted in favor of ratification In attaining a new contract, GTFF members successfully resisted a severe attack by…

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
Graduate Employees Continue Fight for Fair Contract

One thing has become abundantly clear after 10 months of negotiations for a new contract for UO graduate employees (GEs): The University of Oregon administration simply does not care about graduate employees or other workers on campus. By failing to value graduate employees, who taught 17 percent of lectures, 83 percent of labs, and 93…