GTFs will continue to strike into finals week after another unsuccessful mediation

After continuing mediation today, the University of Oregon administration and the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation have failed to reach an agreement.

GTFs have been picketing since the strike began on Tuesday and they will continue to strike into finals week, which begins on Monday, Dec. 8.

The GTFF has been striking since Tuesday Dec. 2 after an unsuccessful mediation session that took place on Monday, Dec.1, regarding higher salary and paid medical and parental leave. 

“We realize it’s stressful for students because we want to make sure that they can get the grades that they deserve and are working on different options to make that happen,” interim President Scott Coltrane said in an interview with the Emerald.

United Academics released a letter today on their Facebook page regarding the continuation of the strike and the affect it will have for students on final examinations.

The letter said all final examinations and end-of-term assignments in courses taught by graduate professors in the departments of philosophy, ethic studies, and women and gender studies will be optional.

It also said if the strike continues past Dec. 12, the Dean of Humanities in CAS will “assign all grades in affected courses, based on only a portion of the graded assignments and tests listed in course syllabi.”

In the philosophy department, all professors have been removed as instructors of record and more departments could face a similar outcome.

“The apparent goal of this attack is to break the GTFF, and not, as the administration insists, maintain ‘academic continuity,'” the letter said.

The next mediation session is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 9. Until then, the strike will continue.


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Francesca Fontana

Francesca Fontana

Francesca is the associate news editor for community news.
She worked as The Register-Guard's 2015 Snowden Intern, and studies journalism and economics.