Friday, December 5, 2014

Union, UO fail to reach accord

Register Guard
December 5th, 2014

A quiet, daylong mediation session at an undisclosed site Thursday failed to bring an end to the graduate teachers’ strike at the University of Oregon — for the moment dashing fervent hopes on both sides.
After 11 1/2 hours, the bargaining teams decided to call it a night. They planned to resume at 11 a.m. today, according to union sources.
But Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation members also are preparing to return to the picket lines today, the fourth day of the first strike in the local union’s 38-year history.
“Our numbers have been consistently strong. Despite the cold and rain this morning, we still had folks out,” said union spokesman Gus Skorburg, who normally teaches Philosophy 110, a class on human nature.
Striking GTFs failed to turn up at 13 percent of 414 classes on Thursday, UO spokesman Tobin Klinger said. That count includes only classes where students waited for their GTF to show up, and not those that were canceled in advance.
Administrators were making plans to enter thousands of grades for undergraduate students who are taught by the striking graduate teachers, should the strike continue into the final exams week that begins Monday.

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