Mediation continues with Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation

Negotiations to establish a new collective bargaining agreement between the university and the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation continue through ongoing mediation. The parties met most recently July 18 and will have another mediation session Aug. 1.

On July 18, the university offered an updated economic proposal. Some highlights from the new economic proposal from the institution include:

  • New summer employment opportunities for graduate employees that will not require course enrollment.
  • Proposed salary increases for all graduate employees in each year of the contract. Year one: 1.45 percent, up from 1.25 percent; year two: 1.55 percent, up from 1.25 percent; year three: 1.65 percent, up from 1.25 percent.
  • Increased health insurance contribution of $1,729 per graduate employee per term, up from $1,620.
  • Increased family and childcare support offerings.

More information about the university’s and the federation’s proposals as well as updates from previous mediation sessions are available on the HR website.

The bargaining teams continue to exchange offers on both economic and noneconomic proposals in pursuit of an agreement that serves both the university and graduate employees.

The University of Oregon and the federation began the collective bargaining process for a new contract in November 2018. Mediation began in April. The current three-year contract expired March 31. The university will continue to honor the expired contract until a new one is in place.