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DeFazio Urges UO Leadership to Reach a Fair Contract Settlement With Graduate Employees

Oct 1, 2019
Press Release

Eugene, OR—U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio in a statement today urged University of Oregon leadership to resolve the labor negotiation impasse with a strong contract that honors the contributions of graduate teaching fellows and provides basic benefits and a living wage. The University and Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation (GTFF), AFT Local 3544, have been in contract negotiations since November 2018.

“After ten months of labor contract negotiations, the impasse in bargaining between the University and GTFF should concern everyone,” said DeFazio. “The UO’s current bargaining position is inadequate, and University leadership should offer a contract with fair terms. Over 1,400 graduate students teach thousands of undergraduates at the UO and perform research that is vital to the University’s mission as a top-tier research institution.  The continued success of the University requires an agreement with graduate teaching fellows that provides access to affordable, quality health care coverage, livable wage increases, support for international students, and provisions for parental leave and childcare. I urge the UO leadership to use this cooling off period to focus on a fair contract settlement that sets the standard for how graduate student employees are valued and supported by their institution.”