Graduate Teaching Fellows Rally at UO

GTFF rallyEUGENE, Ore. — Hundreds of graduate teaching fellows rallied at the University of Oregon on Friday.

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.

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  1. Guy Fawkes says:

    Keep in mind the Union Bosses at the GTFF were recently sued for racketeering:


    The case is ongoing.

    As much as I would like to support labor, the Union Bosses are people who have yet to denounce using threats of violence as an organizing tactic.

    As if a history of engaging in racketeering weren’t enough, the bosses are also continuing the pattern of misleading and fabricating information.

    I feel bad for the rank and file members. But, with a union leadership that consistently engages in fabrication and racketeering, we need to see more basic human decency from these folks and a renunciation of threats of violence as an organizing tactic before they will gain any widespread support.

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