OSU is moving to stop grads from communicating and organizing around their pay and working conditions as well as threatening to fire grads who, when excercising free speech, they deem to be "interfering with university operations". OSU grads need your help to fight back.
If you think this is outrageous then you could send an e-mail to OSU president Ed Ray ( email@example.com)and let him know that you are following the negotiations and expect OSU to settle on a contract that doesn't treat grads like crap and erases the pay cuts from fees.
It could read something like
Dear Ed. Ray,
I am writing to let you know that I have been following the negotiations between OSU and it graduate assistants union (CGE). I do not think that trying to take away grads e-mail rights and extending no-strike dismisal language beyound that of law represents a good faith bargaining effort on behalf of OSU. Additionally I think it is a bad idea to demand that hard working grads take a pay cut because OSU is unwilling to address the astronomic rise in fees. Please direct OSUs bargaining team to respect our graduate assistants. Please tell them to remove these takeaways off the table and start figuring a way to restore the pay cuts lost to fees. It only reflects poorly on OSU when it treats its hard workers so poorly. Please know that one-way or another I will be watching what OSU does with its graduate assistants
Some more info:
OSU TAs and RAs outnumber full-time academic faculty and faculty research assistants
OSU TAs are increasingly responsible for more and more of class development, teaching, recitations, grading and student contact time of OSUs 1350 classes.
OSU RAs are responsible for a majority of the research that nets OSU $137 million in grants.
OSU takes 100% of RAs intellectual property from the $1.2 million in intellectual property revenues.
Despite all this hardwork, for the past 4 years OSU TAs and RAs have worked long hours for below average pay with astronomical fees.
OSU TAs and RAs must pay the highest fees of all OSU peers institutions and the highest on the West Coast.
OSU TA's and RA's fees have increased a minimum of 41.5% and as much as 430% since 1999.
OSU TA's and RA's minimum pay (below nat. avg) has stayed the same at $342/mo ($205 after min. fees)
In comparisons, TAs at UO in Eugene have received at least a 10.6% raise since 1999.
UO TA's fees are also capped at $285/term.
UO TAs are already paid at least 20% more than OSU grads.
So, in February, when OSU administration and its TAs and RAs opened talks on a contract to follow the current one that expires in June, grads thought OSU would want to work with them to reduce the fee load and make OSU more competitive for graduate students.
Instead the university decided to break the law and refused to even discuss TAs and RAs fees since February, despite the fact that the law says they must bargain in good faith.
Now, 3 months later, OSU is trying to say that their budget is set and they can't discuss fees.
Additionally, OSU is breaking Oregon State law and refuses to even tell OSU TAs and RAs who is covered by the contract (only OSU has this info).
Finally, OSU is asking the grads to sign a 4 year contract that eliminates their right to use student e-mail for non-GA purposes, and allows the admin to fire a grad for free speech if they deem the speech 'impeedes university operations'!