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Garbage drivers won't pick up UO's trash if GTFF strike continues

The GTFF strike could result in a quite stinky campus. If an agreement isn’t reached between the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation and the university, University of Oregon’s garbage will not be collected. The Teamsters Local #206 union, which includes Sanipac drivers, issued a 72-hour notice that it will not cross the picket lines. “The union …

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The GTFF strike continues, mediation will resume Friday

After three days of striking the latest mediation session between the GTFF and the University of Oregon administration did not yield an agreement. The GTFF will continue its strike until an agreement is reached, mediation will continue again Friday at 11 a.m. The GTFF strike officially began Tuesday, Dec. 2 after a …

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GTFs and UO get back to negotiation as strike continues

The Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation returned to mediation with the University of Oregon administration at 8 a.m. this morning after two days on strike. The GTFF began bargaining with the UO nearly a year ago over higher wages and paid leave. The GTFF, which is the GTFs’ labor union, and administration …

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GTFF strike discussion dominates University Senate meeting

The GTFF strike made center stage at Wednesday’s University Senate. Undergraduates held cardboard signs with messages like ‘Occupy Johnson’ and ‘Don’t Fuck w/ My Education’ in Lawrence 115. University Senate President Robert Kyr opened the meeting by reminding the senate to be respectful. He reiterated this throughout the meeting, reminding the senate …

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Governor Kitzhaber encourages UO and GTFF to continue negotiations

The governor wants the university and the graduate students to find a solution. Governor John Kitzhaber called both Interim President Scott Coltrane and Joe Henry on Dec. 1, president of the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation and encouraged them both to “continue negotiations,” according to Melissa Navas, press secretary for the office …

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UO will take part in AAU survey on sexual violence and develop its own

University of Oregon will take part in both the American Association of Universities’ campus climate survey and develop its own, a story on the campus website Around the O announced earlier today. The goal of choosing both is to gain more information on sexual violence and have some influence in how the …

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Timeline: GTFF bargaining and potential strike (updated)

The Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation is striking after being engaged in contract negotiations for months. Here’s a timeline of major events in the bargaining, vote and decision to strike. See anything missing from the timeline? Email [email protected] with details. Emerald staff will continue to update the timeline as bargaining continues.

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Day 1 of the GTFF strike ends, mediation will resume on Thursday

As social media flooded with posts from students about cancelled classes and discussion sections, the GTFs’ first day of striking is over. Today several members of the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation arrived on campus to protest their case. Picketing was especially popular, as the GTFs gathered in front of various …

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Supporters rally behind GTFs amid strike announcement, say UO admin negotiations were "unnecessary and disrespectful"

As rain poured down and temperatures dropped in Eugene on Monday night, proponents of the the GTFF gathered to support their decision to strike. The Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation held a rally outside Johnson Hall after its mediation session with the University of Oregon administration ended last night. The rally began with …

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GTFs will begin to strike on Tuesday

Your GTF may not be in class tomorrow. The Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation announced a strike after a final mediation session with the administration early Monday evening. The GTFF decided to strike in October. A mandatory 30-day cooling-off period meant the union couldn’t legally stop working until after a handful of mediation sessions. The strike …

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Kitzhaber's new higher ed budget isn't enough, public universities say

The presidents of Oregon’s seven public universities aren’t satisfied with Gov. Kitzhaber’s 2015-2017 higher education budget, according to a statement released this morning. Though the $626 million budget is almost a 25 percent increase from the 2012-2014 budget (which allocated $521 million), it’s not as much as the Higher Education …

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Last chance: strike or settle?

The Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation and University of Oregon administration have been at a standstill in contract negotiations for more than six months. Monday is the last day the parties can come to an agreement, otherwise GTFs will strike for the first time in the university’s history. Here’s what you need to …

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Junior Helena Schlegel nominated to UO Board of Trustees

Helena Schlegel was sitting in the Buzz Café on Nov. 14 when she got a call from an unknown number. On the other end was Chuck Lillis, chair of the University of Oregon Board of Trustees, informing her that she was nominated to fill the student seat on the board. …

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As GTFF pickets, UO students react

“No justice?” “No peace!” These chants were heard all along 13th Avenue as the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation gathered outside of Willamette Hall on Nov. 19. As passing students were diverted into the street, GTFs marched in the cold air – all in the name of a fair contract. On Monday, Nov. …

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Video: ASUO, SLAP and others confront Coltrane over GTFF contracts at Lillis

Interim University of Oregon President Scott Coltrane’s office hours were interrupted on Friday by a group of students sounding off on the proposed contract for graduate teaching fellows. Members of the ASUO, the Student Labor Action Project and the Multi-Cultural Center assembled in the lobby of Lillis Business Complex at approximately 11:20 a.m., …

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UO has “bad reputation” for faculty-admin relations, Lillis says

Board of Trustees chair Chuck Lillis thinks that the University of Oregon is good, but not great. How can the university make that transition? Everyone needs to play nice, Lillis said to the University of Oregon Senate on Nov. 19. Lillis mentioned how the four independent search firms the university hired to …

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UO has "bad reputation" for faculty-admin relations, Lillis says

Board of Trustees chair Chuck Lillis thinks that the University of Oregon is good, but not great. How can the university make that transition? Everyone needs to play nice, Lillis said to the University of Oregon Senate on Nov. 19. Lillis mentioned how the four independent search firms the university hired to …

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University Senate rejects adminstration’s plans for GTFF strike

University of Oregon Senate voted yes on a resolution to oppose UO administration’s plan for finals in the event of a strike by graduate teaching fellows on Nov. 19. The resolution is titled “Opposition to Efforts by Academic Affairs to Dilute and Degrade Academic Standards in the Event of a Graduate …

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University Senate rejects adminstration's plans for GTFF strike

University of Oregon Senate voted yes on a resolution to oppose UO administration’s plan for finals in the event of a strike by graduate teaching fellows on Nov. 19. The resolution is titled “Opposition to Efforts by Academic Affairs to Dilute and Degrade Academic Standards in the Event of a Graduate …

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UO professors Jennifer Freyd, Carol Stabile against AAU campus climate survey

University of Oregon Professor Jennifer Freyd has joined 15 other sexual violence experts from across the nation in expressing their disapproval of the Association of American Universities’s announcement of a campus climate survey. The survey will “employ a valid and reliable survey instrument to document the frequency and characteristics of campus sexual …

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Kitzhaber’s office nominates Helena Schlegel to UO Board of Trustees

University of Oregon’s governing board should start making a new name tag. According to Board of Trustees secretary Angela Wilhelms the Governor’s Office nominated a UO student to the board. “We just learned that the Governor’s Office has nominated Helena Schlegel to the UO Board of Trustees,” Board chair Chuck …

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Will your GTF strike on finals week? Here’s what you need to know

This week will decide whether or not the first graduate student strike in the history of Oregon will take place at the University of Oregon. It will also decide whether Graduate Teaching Fellows grade your essays, tests and final projects during finals week, or whether they’ll be picketing instead. But …

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GTFF rally addresses Provost’s message and potential strike

On Nov. 12, a crowd of Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation members and student groups held a rally outside of Johnson Hall in response to the potential GTFF strike, chanting and calling for the university to support the GTFs. The GTFF has been bargaining with the University of Oregon since November …

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Pending analysis will determine how UO moves forward against sexual assault

In December of 2012, Carol Stabile remembers warning colleagues that if the University of Oregon didn’t address its handling of sexual assault, the situation would erupt. Two years later, UO is in the national spotlight for its handling of alleged sexual assault. Last May, three members of the UO men’s basketball team left the UO in the wake …

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UO’s $2 billion capital campaign: Q&A with Mike Andreasen

University of Oregon announced the launch of a public capital campaign Friday. The goal: $2 billion. This is the public phase of what has been a private fundraising campaign, and in the last four years that campaign has raised $700 million. The Emerald interviewed Mike Andreasen, vice president for university advancement …

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Q&A with Mary Deits, chair of the President’s Review Panel

The President’s Review Panel is holding public listening sessions to gather input on how UO handles sexual misconduct. The sessions will be held at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. this Tuesday, October 7 in the Global Scholars Great Hall. Mary Deits is a the chair of the President’s Review Panel, currently …

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The presidential shuffle

It’s never been a better time to be president of the University of Oregon. That’s what Connie Ballmer thinks. Ballmer is the head of the Presidential Search Committee, which is tasked with replacing former President Michael Gottfredson, who resigned suddenly in early August. “The university is really on track to …

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UO freshman class has record high percentage of minority students

Of nearly 5,100 new freshmen, more than 1,300 were students of color. That’s 27 percent — the highest percentage ever at the University of Oregon. Students of color now comprise 22 percent of the entire student population, making UO’s population more diverse than the state of Oregon by two percentage …

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Meet the UO’s interim president: Scott Coltrane

Scott Coltrane was introduced as provost of the University of Oregon in February 2014. Not even six months later, he was introduced again, this time as interim president of the University of Oregon. There’s a lot to cover in order to answer why. Funding from the state government has shrunk …

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Q&A: UO Board of Trustees chair Chuck Lillis on the role of the board and future of the univeristy

Chuck Lillis is the chairman for the University of Oregon’s new Board of Trustees. Lillis grew up in Kansas City and has his bachelors and masters degrees in business administration from the University of Washington, and went on to receive his doctorate from the UO. He has spent years in business academia as the former dean …

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