The Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation and the University of Oregon came to terms on a tentative agreement, ending more than a year of negotiations on terms meeting the needs of both sides.
The bargaining teams were able to find common ground in regard to a financial hardship fund accessible to all graduate students. The tentative agreement ends the strike with GTFs returning to work duties for the remainder of finals week.
The tentative agreement includes:
Graduate assistance fund
- The fund will include $50 per admitted and enrolled master’s and doctoral student. Based on enrollment this fall, the fund would total approximately $150,000.
- The fund will automatically carry over certain amount from the previous year.
- With the establishment of the fund, any graduate student facing financial hardship relating to a family or medical issue, whether a member of the union or not, can receive awards of up to $1,000 in the case of serious medical issues and $1,500 in the case of the birth, adoption or foster care placement of a child.
- The agreement also calls for guaranteed flex time for GTFs, allowing two weeks of family or medical leave with no loss of pay. GTFs would make up any lost time over three to nine months.
- 10 percent pay increase over two years on minimum GTF salaries. (5% in year one and 5% in year two).
GTFs who participated in the strike will be reporting to work as scheduled beginning today, December 10, 2014. They will be reinstated as instructors of record for their courses, though any others added as instructors of record prior to or during the strike will remain so listed.
Upon returning to work, GTFs are expected to grade all remaining, ungraded materials in their course(s) and to provide final course grades or section grades as appropriate. GTFs may not alter grading options put in place during the strike. The GTF and any others listed as instructors of record will need to consult regarding changes to class assignments, grading expectations, and provisional grades made during the strike.
When considering the UO's full offer, it is comparable to that of our peers.
- Six of our eight AAU peers – University of Iowa, University of California, Santa Barbara, University of Indiana, University of Colorado, University of North Carolina, and the University of Virginia – do not provide any premium coverage for their GTFs’ partners and children. When comparing UO to those that do – University of Washington, University of Michigan – the UO provides the greatest subsidy – 95 percent.
- This school year, the University of Oregon will pay up to $12,423 for each graduate student with a family on our GTF insurance plan. In 2013-14, the UO paid $7.45 million in insurance premiums for graduate students and their families.
|Institution||Paid leave (any at all — 3.5 days or more)||Premium subsidy for families|
|University of Oregon||NO||YES (95% covered)|
|Oregon State University||NO||YES (50% covered)|
|Portland State University||NO||NO|
|University of Washington||YES (3.5 days)||YES (65% covered)|
|University of Michigan||YES (6 weeks)||YES (coverage varies)|
|University of Iowa||YES (13.5-18 days)||NO|
|University of California, Santa Barbara||YES (4 weeks)||NO|
|Indiana University||YES (6 weeks)||NO|
|University of Colorado||NO||NO|
|University of North Carolina||YES (6 weeks)||NO|
|University of Virginia||NO||NO|
Benefits to UO GTF
Same Benefits for
Premium Subsidy for
Medical Out of
$1,000 or Less
|University of Oregon||YES||YES||YES||YES||95%||YES|
|University of Washington||YES||YES||YES||YES||65%||NO|
|University of Michigan||YES||YES||YES||NO||Variable||NO|
|University of Iowa||YES||YES||YES||NO||NO||NO|
|University of California, Santa Barbara||YES||YES||NO||YES||NO||NO|
|University of Colorado||YES||NO||YES||YES||NO||NO|
|University of North Carolina||YES||NO||YES||YES||NO||NO|
|University of Virginia||YES||NO||YES||YES||NO||NO|