It was dark and pouring down rain on 1 December as about 300 graduate students and supporters rallied on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene to back demands for a living wage and limited paid leave. PNLHA members were there to show their solidarity.
Local 3544 of the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation (GTFF) recaps the situation as follows: “The Administration’s attitude toward and effort put forth in bargaining have been deplorable. The Administration has paid well over $100,000 on outside legal counsel to run bargaining with the GTFF. For months, they pushed for language to cripple our health insurance, disempower the GTFF’s Health and Welfare Trust, and ramp up student fees on graduate employees. The amount of money their plans would have saved them would have more than covered their paltry original wage offers. To say that the Administration has made great progress by eventually agree to maintain current CBA language—for benefits earned in previous bargaining cycles—is a gross misinterpretation of the history of bargaining over the past year.”
PNLHA members can get updates on the strike that began on 2 December at http://gtff3544.net/ .