While finals week launched with no overt disruptions, I had the chance to meet with some elected officials to discuss some major campus issues during “Legislative Days.” Obviously, our ongoing negotiations with the Graduate Teaching Fellows are uppermost on the minds of many. I think I can best summarize their thoughts with the phrase “keep at it.”
The opportunity to pursue mediation came a day earlier than expected; we returned to discussions this afternoon. We are prepared to meet anytime the mediator or the GTFF feels it would be beneficial.
The session is still on, which is encouraging. Even as the work stoppage continues, we remain committed to the collective bargaining process.
At the same time, we are working through our academic continuity plans to ensure that we meet our students’ needs. While I am pleased to report that all of our scheduled finals were able to take place, we remain eager to move beyond bargaining and start welcoming our GTFs back to work.
Again, let me take a moment to thank everyone working towards resolution, as well as those who are squarely focused on holding our students harmless as the end of the term approaches. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.