UO graduate teachers celebrate new contract

The tentative agreement was reached on Wednesday.

Posted: Nov 2, 2019 10:19 AM
Updated: Nov 2, 2019 10:29 AM

EUGENE, Ore. – Members of the University of Oregon’s graduate teaching union celebrated their gains Friday, after months of contract negotiations.

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Teachers were joined by students, staff and other community allies outside Johnson Hall on the UO’s campus.

The newest contract, which took a year to negotiate, secures a 3 percent raise for those making minimum salaries and a 1.4 percent raise for everyone else.

Other gains include six hours of paid training and paid parental leave.

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“We were able to defend our excellent affordable healthcare from drastic cuts that the university wanted to impose on us while also achieving a 3% wage increase for minimum salaries,” said Rajeev Ravisankar, vice president of the union’s external relations.

The tentative agreement was reached on Wednesday.

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