Welcome to GSU

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About GSU

GSU has been working since 2007 to improve the lives of graduate students and gain recognition for the work we do at this university. Together, we’ve won dramatic pay increases, better healthcare, improved parental leave policies, stipends for childcare, and a freeze in Advanced Residency tuition.

Grad employees perform essential work and are the backbone of the University of Chicago. At some point every undergraduate student is taught by a grad instructor, and grad researchers advance scientific frontiers. As grad employees we deserve a seat at the table when decisions are made that affect our lives, those of our students, and the broader community. GSU represents a strong majority of graduate workers who stand together.

After a membership-wide referendum in June 2020, GSU is an independent union. We are currently working on preparing to bargain a first contract.


Recent Posts from GSU

Newsletter: Office updates & Book Club

Office Space Update  Our hangout and office space in Hyde Park Union Church is ready for union meetings, organizing work, academic work, or just hanging out! Have an event you want to hold in the space, or just want to use it as a study space? Email graduatestudentsunited@gmail.com for access. Join Organizing Committee Summer is […]

May GMM and Other Updates

NEW INFORMATION Notes from the GMM *New* Union Card Pledge GSU is excited to launch a card campaign to gain legal recognition by the end of the 2022-2023 academic year! Gaining legal recognition will require the university to bargain with GSU, allowing us to negotiate a contract for increased pay, improved benefits, and protections for […]

Successful May Day Rally with UCLCThe University of Chicago Labor Council (of which GSU is a member) hosted a May Day Rally on Sunday, May 1, celebrating International Workers Day. The rally focused on bringing awareness to unrecognized labor and anti-union policies at UChicago and across the South Side. In addition to GSU, participating organizations […]

May Day Rally with UCLC

The University of Chicago Labor Council (of which GSU is a member) will once again be hosting a May Day Rally on Sunday, May 1, celebrating International Workers Day. The rally will focus on bringing awareness to unrecognized labor and anti-union policies at UChicago and across the South Side. In addition to GSU, participating organizations […]

Welcome to Spring Quarter!

We hope the first week of spring quarter is off to a great start! The spring can be a difficult time on campus, full of stress, pending tasks, and burnout–but it also brings better weather and new opportunities to get together and get organized to make our university a better place. Remember to take time […]