Friday, December 5, 2014

Mediation resumes Friday as strike continues, finals loom at University of Oregon

Oregonian
December 5th, 2014

Another mediation session is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, as the strike of graduate teaching assistants continues at the University of Oregon in Eugene.
A full day of bargaining ended Thursday with no resolution. Both sides agreed to keep details of the negotiations confidential to avoid "mixed and conflicting messages ending up public and having to mend fences in the morning," according to a statement from the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation, the union representing the strikers.
Friday is the final day of fall term classes at the university, and finals begin Monday. The university's 1,500 graduate teaching assistants play a large role in conducting final exams and grading final term papers.
The university said it has an "academic continuity plan" ready in case the strike extends into finals week. School documents describe measures such as extending the grading deadline, giving exams with short answers rather than essays, assigning extra duties and pay to faculty members, and hiring.

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