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

Website:  http://gtff3544.net/

Collective Bargaining Agreement 2024-2026

 


GE salary minimums increased based on health insurance renewal 

The minimum base rates for graduate employees were increased by 1.5%, retroactive to September 16th, 2023, in accordance with the GTFF collective bargaining agreement which allows minimum salary rates to be increased when the annual health insurance renewal rate is less than 5%. Details of the calculation are provided below. 

GEs earning less than the new minimum base rates received the pay increase as well as a a retroactive payment on their December paychecks. 

This increase was provided in accordance with Article 24, Section 1c of the CBA, which states that for any yearly premium increase less than 5%, for every dollar ($1.00) the university saves relative to a 5% premium increase, the total-pool used to supplement GE minimum salary shall be permanently increased by fifty cents ($.50). Since the insurance premiums for graduate employees did not exceed 5% for 2023-24, a portion of the resulting savings has been redirected to increase graduate employee minimum salary levels. Please note that this increase only applies to GEs currently below the new minimum base rates. 


Bargaining

GTFF members ratify a successor contract

On January 15, 2024, the University of Oregon's and Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation's bargaining teams reached a tentative agreement on a successor contract. Following a vote of GTFF members, the contract was ratified. Human Resources will begin the process of implementing the terms of the successor contract.

University administration is incredibly grateful to the members of the university’s and GTFF bargaining teams for their many hours of work to reach a tentative agreement. GEs are valued members of the campus community who play key roles in teaching and research. Ratifying the successor collective bargaining agreement continues the commitment to GEs and the critical work they do supporting academic and research excellence and invests financially to maintain graduate programs that are successful and competitive now and in the future. 


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.