Labor

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…

Oregon University Employees Vote to Strike

On Tuesday September 17th, classified employees at Oregon’s seven public universities voted to strike. This news came from a press release by the SEIU 503 union which represents these employees. The union’s set strike date is September 30th starting at 7am. University of Oregon classes resume the following day. According to the union press release,…