Petition: Abolish the Hours Cap for Graduate Employees

Sign this petition on our change.org platform! The cap on working hours  at the University of Chicago has become untenable for the graduate student population. While the 19.5 hour cap for graduate employees at the University of Chicago has  been in place for some time now, in August 2015 the administration began including teaching hours in … More Petition: Abolish the Hours Cap for Graduate Employees

Let Graduate Employees Decide How to Manage Their Own Working Lives

Graduate Students United categorically denies the administration’s oft-repeated talking point that graduate employees are students first. We are from day one employees of this institution, as well as being students. All of our labor—research, writing, teaching, coordinating workshops, planning and attending conferences, etc.—produces value for the university. We receive compensation and benefits for the work that … More Let Graduate Employees Decide How to Manage Their Own Working Lives

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

New Hourly Work Restrictions: Are You Feeling the Pinch?

As you may (or may not) know, the administration has established a 19.5-hour-per-week cap on student employment in University positions, including library assistants, editorial assistants, research assistants, and other hourly jobs. In the past, since teaching labor was not calculated by the hour, it did not count against the 19.5-hour cap, which allowed students to supplement limited teaching … More New Hourly Work Restrictions: Are You Feeling the Pinch?

Statement on Summer 2008 Wage Increases

Dear fellow graduate students, Graduate Students United would like to convey its appreciation to the Graduate Teaching Committee for taking much needed action to redress the dismal state of graduate teaching compensation at the University. In particular, we would like to express special gratitude to the student representatives on the committee, Jeff Rufo, Kalina Michalska, … More Statement on Summer 2008 Wage Increases

Rally for Graduate Funding

This large rally attracted 150 or so people right in front of the administration building. See news coverage at the University of Chicago Magazine. RALLY FOR GRADUATE FUNDING Wednesday, March 12 Noon Main Quad (near Swift) Guest Speakers Loud Music Refreshments Big Stage Graduate Funding Demands