GTFF Files Unfair Labor Practice Claim Against UO

The Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation, AFT Local 3544, has filed an Unfair Labor Practice claim against the University of Oregon for unilaterally imposing new COVID-19-related workplace policies without negotiation. The UO announced through email a new recording requirement for graduate employees (GEs) who teach in-person classes, directly affecting 950 GEs who have teaching appointments. A new policy that requires employees to be recorded while working is a clear change in working conditions, and changes to working conditions are a mandatory topic of bargaining, meaning the employer cannot unilaterally institute such a policy.

AFT-Oregon Executive Council Endorsements

During their November 2021 meeting, the AFT-Oregon Executive Council, on the recommendation of the Political and Legislative Action Committee (PLAC), made the following endorsements. 

We endorse the efforts of PCUN to pass legislation for Farmworker Overtime (FOT) Pay. California and Washington have already passed FOT legislation and it’s time for Oregon to end the unfair and racist exclusion of farmworkers from overtime pay.