Thursday, December 4, 2014

Mediation talks resume amid reports of canceled University of Oregon classes

Oregonian
December 4th, 2014

Amid social media reports of canceled classes at the University of Oregon, mediation resumes Thursday in hopes of ending a strike by graduate teaching assistants.
State mediator Janet Gillman called for the session between University of Oregon bargainers and the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation, which represents about 1,500 teaching assistants.
The session comes four days before the start of finals week.
Graduate teaching fellows went on strike Tuesday after contract talks stalled over medical and maternity leave benefits.
The university said it has an academic continuity plan in place. 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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