I am very pleased to report that the University of Oregon and the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation have reached a tentative contract agreement. Once ratified, the new contract will provide pay increases and a graduate assistance fund and absences provision that address concerns about financial losses from medical and parental needs. This agreement means the strike has ended and we can return to our end-of-term activities.
I want to thank the bargaining teams on both sides for working tirelessly and respectfully through many long months to reach this agreement. Not only will it meet the needs of graduate students during life’s most challenging and rewarding times, it also allows the university to meet those needs in a fiscally responsible way and will help us attract the best graduate students in the country.
This has been a challenging time for our campus. It is now time for us to begin rebuilding trust. I urge everyone to look forward and to work to bring our campus community together.
Again, I extend my sincere appreciation to everyone who worked to reach this agreement.
Previous presidential communications on GTFF negotiations: