UO graduate teachers reach tentative deal

Graduate teachers from the University of Oregon picketed on what they say could be the last day of contract negotiations.

Posted: Oct 30, 2019 6:56 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Graduate teachers from the University of Oregon have reached a tentative agreement with university administration after a 14-hour bargaining session Tuesday night. 

The Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation, which has been negotiating with UO administrators for the past year for a new contract, made the announcement Wednesday. They said they were successful in regards to affordable health care coverage, getting 3% raises for minimum salaries and 1.4% increases for all salaries.

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Union officials also said they made gains in the following areas:

  • 6 hours of paid training;
  • 6 weeks of paid parental leave;
  • $700 in yearly child care assistance for children up to the age of 7;
  • greater involvement for graduate employees in curriculum development;
  • protections for international graduate employees from Immigration and Customs Enforcement; and
  • provisions to safeguard GEs from workplace bullying and harassment.

Graduate teachers picketed on Tuesday as a show of force.

"We're hoping that this show of force today really pushes them and motivates them to finish this contract so we can get a deal today," said Ellen Gillooly-Kress, president of the GTFF.

On Oct. 18, union members voted to strike if a deal couldn't be reached.

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