They say their contract has expired, and the university is refusing to bring a fair, new contract to the table.
There are about 1,400 GTFs at the UO. They attend graduate school and teach, instructing about one-third of all classes taught at the school.
Union reps say the university offers them no paid leave, pays GTFs below the living-wage for Eugene, and is trying to reduce their medical and dental coverage.
“We’re frustrated. We’re fed up. We’re in debt. We’re overworked, and a lot of us will be going into the summer without employment opportunities as well,” said Joe Henry, graduate teaching fellow.
A bargaining session was scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday. According the the Graduate Teaching Fellow Federation’s Twitter page, federation members walked out because they were unhappy with the administration’s contract proposal.