About Jytte

Jyväskylän tieteentekijät ry, or Jytte for short, is a member association of The Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers (FUURT). FUURT is a member of Akava, the Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff in Finland. Jytte supports its members in relation to both employment and unemployment issues, supervises the interests of its members at the workplace, and negotiates on behalf of its members when needed.

Lobbying and meetings

The core activities of the association are the gathering of information on issues pertaining to the interests of its members, informing them of their rights, supporting their professional development, generally keeping in touch with them, and lobbying for them. Maintaining preparedness for industrial action is another essential activity.

Jytte has representatives in several university committees and working groups, such as the Labour Protection Committee, the Equality Committee, and the YPJ Assessment Group. Jytte cooperates closely with the shop stewards and the staff representative on the University board. Jytte is represented in the FUURT board and the Young researchers’ section. The Jytte board meets 8 to 10 times a year.

Jytte’s spring and autumn general meetings are open to all members. In addition to statutory matters, any other business can be raised, making these meetings a good platform for our members to express their views. Jytte also looks after the wellbeing of its members by organising regular recreational activities.

All kinds of ideas for developing our operations are welcome. The board members work for the members of the association, so do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or want to give feedback on what and how we are doing.

The sidebar has links to the statutes of Jytte, the three latest annual reports, and a description of how Jytte can exert influence at the University of Jyväskylä.

Activity year clock

Spring

Spring general meeting. The spring general meeting is presented with the financial statements and the annual report. The financial statements are approved and discharge from liability is granted for the relevant parties. The spring meeting is usually held in March and it is open to all members of Jytte.

Membership surgeries. Jytte members are welcome to discuss for example work, salaries, and tacit knowledge, to hear tips from their fellow members, and to share their thoughts and experiences over a cup of coffee. One or two members of the Jytte board and/or shop stewards are present. The meetings may have a specific theme, such as the rights of early career researchers, or the focus may be on broader topical issues.

Grants. Jytte awards small grants for the professional development of its members. The application dates are always announced separately.

Recreation. Jytte provides its members with culture, sports, and trips either for free or for a small fee.

 

Autumn

Autumn general meeting. The autumn general meeting elects the chair, the board members and their deputies, determines the membership fee, approves the financial and action plans for the following year, elects the auditor and the deputy auditor for the following year, and elects the representatives and their deputies for the general assembly and the candidates for the FUURT board for the following year. The autumn meeting is usually held in November and it is open to all members of Jytte.

Topical seminar. The autumn seminar should focus on a topical theme the members will find interesting. For example, they autumn 2019 seminar was organised in cooperation with the upper echelons of FUURT. Members are welcome to suggest topics for future seminars.

Membership surgeries. Jytte members are welcome to discuss for example work, salaries, and tacit knowledge, to hear tips from their fellow members, and to share their thoughts and experiences over a cup of coffee. One or two members of the Jytte board and/or shop stewards are present. The meetings may have a specific theme, such as the rights of early career researchers, or the focus may be on broader topical issues.

Grants. Jytte awards small grants for the professional development of its members. The application dates are always announced separately.

Recreation. Jytte provides its members with culture, sports, and trips either free or for a small fee.

Christmas party. Members gather to celebrate the festive season over food and drink. In 2018, the bill included a performance by the Ruamjai choir and in 2019, the Slackbird duo. The Christmas party is usually held in November, in conjunction with the autumn general meeting.

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