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ASUO and SLAP organize a 'Solidarity Study In' outside presidents office to show support for GTFF



Students, their study supplies and snacks fill Johnson Hall Wednesday as members of the ASUO and SLAP organize a “Solidarity Study In” to stand in support with the Graduate Teaching Fellow Federation strike.

“The administration has really disrupted our education from stalling negotiations with the GTFF, and we feel the need to be disruptive back,” said SLAP president Gabi Cicourel.

The students arrived at Johnson equipped with signs, snacks and homework. Before they began studying though, they headed out to rally with the GTFs picketing the front of the building, unfurling a sign reading “Solidarity with GTFF <3 SLAP”

“I stand in full solidarity with my GTFs,” said SLAP member Colin Worley, calling the administration’s latest offer “unacceptable.”

The GTFs responded by chanting, “Not in the contract? Doesn’t count!”

The undergraduate students then settled onto the marble floor of the lobby, propping their signs against their legs. They greeted administration members as they came in. ASUO Chief of Staff Lamar Wise passed out food to participants.

President Coltrane said good morning to the students as he made his way to his office.

The students studying in Johnson Hall are doing chants at the top of every hour.

ASUO will be providing snacks throughout the day. The study in will be going until 4:00 p.m. today. All students are invited to join.

VP of Operations and VP of Organization for the GTFF Brianna Bertoglio and Jonathan Turbin expressed positive reactions to the support from undergraduates.

“It’s really great to hear,” Bergoglio said.

“I know I’m personally honored and thrilled to have that level of undergraduate support,” Turbin said. “We seem to be continuing in the tradition of University of Oregon students…taking on being engaged future civic leaders.”

 


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Kaylee Tornay

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Kaylee is the Emerald's 2015-2016 Hiring and Training Director. Formerly an ASUO reporter for the News Desk and writer for the Arts and Culture Desk, Kaylee has also interned for the Medford Mail Tribune and freelanced for the Bend Bulletin.
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