Guide to Healthcare

GSU’s Healthcare committee had one its more active years in recent times. Following the dramatic hike in out of pocket payments (the amount one pays before the insurance kicks in) on the university insurance plan, announced just before the start of the previous academic year, many of us came together to organise against it, and … More Guide to Healthcare

Questions about Healthcare? An Exchange with Student Health and Counseling Services

There is so much about healthcare provisions on campus that just don’t seem to make sense! As our healthcare campaign has been growing, we have also been trying to collectively figure out stuff, beginning with updating the GSU Survival Guide over summer. On November 18th, 2015, two GSU members on the Student Health Advisory Board … More Questions about Healthcare? An Exchange with Student Health and Counseling Services

Cut Administrative Salaries to Ensure Living Wages for Grad Employees

In their recent email announcing stipend increases and higher teaching wages, Provost Isaacs and Sian Beilock claim that it is part of the University’s mission to “ensure students can operate at the highest level.” Assuming that this is not mere rhetoric, but represents an actual and ongoing commitment of the administration, let’s consider what this … More Cut Administrative Salaries to Ensure Living Wages for Grad Employees

The Mystery Unravels: Why the University Wants Us to Log Fewer Hours

It’s starting to come together. At a meeting with Student Government last night, Provost Isaacs and other administrators were asked to explain the new working restrictions that have just been imposed on graduate students. Here is what we learned: The new restrictions have been imposed because the IRS now requires the University to track our … More The Mystery Unravels: Why the University Wants Us to Log Fewer Hours

Solidarity Statement: We Stand Together With University of Missouri-Columbia Graduate Employees

Graduate Students United at the University of Chicago stands in solidarity with University of Missouri-Columbia graduate employees who have stated their intention to unionize. The struggle came on the heels of a battle over healthcare access earlier this year. Citing changes in federal law related to the Affordable Care Act, the university abruptly ended its … More Solidarity Statement: We Stand Together With University of Missouri-Columbia Graduate Employees

Trauma Care Statement

On Monday 19th May, a group of protestors associated with the Trauma Care Coalition [1], including two members of Graduate Students United, chained themselves to the construction site of the new University of Chicago Medical Center Emergency Room. The action was meant to highlight that all was not business as usual. Seven protesters were forcefully … More Trauma Care Statement

Our Health Counts

Coalition Text on Health Care: As students of the University of Chicago, with a vested interest in the policies pursued by this institution, we are writing to express our concern about the health care currently provided to employees, students, and community members by the University.  We approach this issue with the conviction that health care … More Our Health Counts

Petition for Healthcare and AR Tuition Remission

We have gathered several hundred signatures; more information coming soon on the administration’s response. On Health Insurance for All Student Employees Given That the University of Chicago is part of a minority of universities that do not pay their student employees’ health insurance, as 77% of all universities pay for their graduate students and 21% … More Petition for Healthcare and AR Tuition Remission