- Associated Press - Monday, December 8, 2014

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Both sides in a week-old strike by graduate teaching assistants at the University of Oregon have met for another mediation session.

The Oregonian reports that union spokesman Justin Buchanan says the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation asked for the Monday afternoon session through a state mediator and the school agreed.

Buchanan says he has no details on the negotiations.

The teaching assistants walked out Dec. 2 after contract talks stalled over medical and maternity leave benefits.

The talks come as students begin taking finals.

The 1,500 teaching assistants represented by the union play a large role in conducting and grading final exams. The university has promised to close out the term by extending the grading deadline, giving exams that require short answers rather than essays, assigning extra duties and pay to faculty members, and proctoring exams with volunteers and paid non-union graduate students and undergrads.

The strikers want two weeks of paid medical or maternity leave a year.

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Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com


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