Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation

The GTFF is an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers and represents graduate students performing instructional, research, and administrative assignments.  This bargaining unit has more fluctuations than the others, as graduate students move in and out of the unit frequently depending on the nature of their appointment. The unit normally varies between 1300 and 1500 members.

Current President: Leslie Selcer, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of English and Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies



UO and GTFF are negotiating a successor contract

The University of Oregon and Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation are bargaining to reach terms for a successor contract. The parties are actively engaged in mediation with a state-appointed mediator.

Reaching agreement on a successor contract that best serves graduate student employees and the university is a top priority. The university is committed to an outcome that positions graduate student employees and the university for long-term success. Our core principles of appreciation, creative problem solving, and responsible financial stewardship guide negotiations as well as commitment to good faith and transparency throughout the process. These bargaining principles will remain at the forefront when making decisions and presenting bargaining proposals. 


The UO bargaining team will provide periodic updates throughout the bargaining process when significant proposals or counter proposals are exchanged, tentative agreements are reached, or important milestone moments occur. Questions and requests for additional information should be directed to the bargaining team in Employee and Labor Relations at

UO Bargaining Principles

Appreciation of graduate employees: We greatly value our graduate employees and the critical work they do supporting academic and research pursuits at the University of Oregon.   

Creative problem solving to address identified needs: We seek to understand the issues and needs of graduate employees and strive to work collectively with the GTFF in creative ways to resolve issues and address identified needs.   

Long-term success for our graduate programs: The university strives to further its long-term goal of maintaining graduate programs that are successful and competitive now and in the future. Terms of the collective bargaining agreement should position graduate programs and graduate students for long-term success and provide viability for years to come.    

Stewardship of public funds and tuition dollars: The financial landscape of the university presents fiscal limits, and our financial position is unlikely to change in the foreseeable future. The university must enter into financial agreements that demonstrate good stewardship of public funds and students’ tuition resources to allow it to meet its financial commitments to institutional priorities.    

Commitment of good faith: The institution is committed to working in good faith throughout the negotiation process to achieve a collective bargaining agreement that best meets the needs of both graduate employees and the university.    

Transparency: The university will provide fact-based information and periodic updates to keep key stakeholders apprised, engaged, and informed.