Thursday, December 11, 2014

UO deal with graduate teaching assistants grants flex time, 'hardship fund,' 10 percent raise

December 10th, 2014

A tentative contract with University of Oregon graduate teaching assistants calls for a 10 percent wage increase over two years, two weeks of flex time and access to a $150,000 "hardship fund."
University officials disclosed details of the agreement after negotiators reached the deal early Monday in a 22-hour mediation session.
Hourly wages will increase 5 percent in each year of the two-year contract, reaching roughly $20 to $24 an hour, depending on experience.
The hardship fund will include $50 per master's and doctoral student. Based on current enrollment, the fund would total approximately $150,000, the university said.
Any graduate student facing financial hardship, regardless of union membership, will be eligible to apply for grants of up to $1,000 for serious medical issues and $1,500 for birth, adoption or foster care placement of a child.

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