Fees, fees, fees! Town Hall and Rally this January 26th & 30th

Announcing a Town Hall on FEES next Monday, January 26th at 5 p.m. at the University Church, 5655 S. University Avenue

RALLY next Friday, January 30th at 2 p.m. at the Quad

It’s that time of year again —

Time to pay your quarterly bill from the Bursar’s Office. How much are you paying in fees this quarter? Here are just a few of the fees that may show up on your bill: Continue reading

Organizing Orientation on January 24

Calling ALL GSUers, new and old! Do you care about healthcare, gender equity, childcare, accessibility, labor relations, and graduate student life on the University of Chicago Campus? We do, and we believe graduate students can organize effectively to have a strong voice on campus and be a resource to our members and colleagues. Our success depends on your help and direction. We are hosting an Orientation to “Organizing an Academic Labor Union” for everyone interested in getting more involved. Continue reading

Building Power from the Bottom Up: Grassroots Democracy and Union Power at UChicago after the CTU Strike

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
7:00pm until 8:30pm

Cobb 110, Cobb Lecture Hall
5811 S. Ellis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Join Graduate Students United (GSU) for an open discussion on grassroots organizing which will be the first in a series of forums called “The University Chicago Deserves,” which seeks to strengthen student organization and build alliances with other unions and our community.

During the recent Chicago Teachers Union strike, tens of thousands of CTU members and supporters participated in daily marches. The seven-day strike came on the heels of a downtown rally and march of 6,000 teachers in May and then more than 24,000 members voting in June to authorize a strike. None of this would have been possible two years ago. How did the members of the Chicago Teachers Union transform themselves into a activist, member-driven union that formed community alliances to fight for the schools Chicago children deserve? Continue reading

Towards a Parent-Oriented University

GSU has joined with Student Parent Organization (SPO) and the Doctoral Students Association at the School of Social Service Administration (DSA @ SSA) to create an opportunity to discuss parenting in the academy. Please join us on Thursday, May 10th at 2pm for a faculty-staff-student panel entitled “Towards a Parent-Oriented University”.

In her landmark 1973 essay, “Towards a Woman Centered University” Adrienne Rich puts quality childcare at the center of an inclusive and gender-egalitarian university. As the fortieth anniversary of Rich’s call to arms approaches and the University of Chicago is opening a child care facility, this panel looks towards the future of what a fully parent friendly university could be. Faculty, staff, graduate student panel on the current state of support for working parents across the university. Presentations will include: the faculty movement to create a childcare center on campus, current challenges to student, faculty, and staff parents, and the role of parents in the academy more broadly. In a general discussion, attendees will be invited to present their own suggestions.

May 10, 2012 (Th), 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality
Childcare provided, please RSVP.
Co-sponsored by SPO, GSU, and DSA @ SSA
Food and refreshments will be served.

Video: Watch GSU Members Deliver the #gradlaborcounts Petition to the NLRB

On December 13, members of Graduate Students United delivered the #gradlaborcounts petition to the Chicago office of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The delivery was preceded by a piece of street theater, in which grad student workers implored the NLRB to wake up out of its coma so that it can perform its duties of ruling on cases such that filed by grad students at New York University.

You can also see photos of the action here (link).

Remember, it’s not too late to sign the petition! The #gradlaborcounts site will be open for more signitures until the end of the year, when the NLRB will lose its quorum with board member Craig Becker’s term ending. Visit http://gradlaborcounts.org read more about the NYU case before the NLRB and to sign the petition.

Nov. 9: GSU Quarterly Meeting

The Graduate Students United Fall Membership Meeting fast approaches!

We will have an info session for people new to GSU and those of you just interested in an update on what GSU’s been up to, followed by a membership meeting where YOU, the members, have your voices heard. On the agenda:

  • GSU’s childcare campaign
  • Occupy Chicago
  • Agenda-setting for the coming months (what would you like GSU to take on?)

The membership meeting is also a perfect time to pay your annual $5 dues, or to sign up if you’re new to GSU.

And, of course, join us afterwards at the pub for beer and friendship.

GSU Fall Membership Meeting
November 9th
6:00pm – info session
6:30pm – membership meeting
7:30pm – pub night!

location: Stuart 105

Child Care Town Hall Meeting: May 19

Did you know that grad students occasionally find time to procreate?

Neither did the administration!

Graduate Students United is calling on the Administration to recognize and support graduate student parents. Please come to the Child Care Town Hall to tell us how YOU think the University of Chicago can be a better campus for graduate student parents.

Where: Reynolds Club South Lounge

When: May 19, 5pm

Childcare will be provided!

GSU Quarterly Meeting: April 14

Please join us for the Quarterly Meeting for the Spring Quarter today in Harper 130. We will go over updates on the recent projects that GSU has been engaging in and exchange ideas and concerns about our life here as Graduate Students.

Snacks and drinks and childcare will be provided. This is YOUR meeting, so bring your friends and your little ones for an hour of discussion on what all of us can do to make our university better! See you there!

PLACE: Harper 130 (Childcare in Harper 141)

TIME: 6-7pm, April 14 (TH)