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)


GSU Quarterly Meeting: Jan. 27

Please join us for the Winter 2011 quarterly meeting.  We will be discussing: progress GSU is making toward unionization, recent teaching struggles in departments (that might be coming to yours soon), approval of the budget, and what YOU can do to help out.

Coming to the quarterly meeting is also a great opportunity to update annual dues ($5), and get to know your fellow GSUers in other departments.

Have a friend who hasn’t joined up yet?  Invite them along, and we will sign them up before the meeting!

Hope to see you (and your friends, and your coworkers) there. Light refreshments will be served.

Date: January 27
Time: 6pm
Location: Harper 140

Find Out More About Affiliation

Over the last two weeks, GSU members met and spoke with representatives from each of the five unions. But five separate meetings over two weeks were a lot, and many have suggested that we have one additional meeting where people can exchange impressions of the unions for those who have missed some or all of the meetings. So this coming Monday we will host an event where members can ask fellow members about the details of affiliation and the pros and cons of each of the unions that have visited. Food will be provided!

 Time: 6pm – 8pm, Monday, May 17

 Place: Stuart 105

Also, we have an updated flier with profiles and FAQ that you can download here (pdf). If you have any questions, you can also contact us at

See you all there!

Affiliation: Meet the Industrial Workers of the World

After a pair of great meetings with AFT-IFT and AAUP last Friday, today GSU members will meet the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). Come join us to ask questions about the possibilities of organizing in affiliation with the IWW!

Place: Harper 141

Time: 7pm, Today (May 10)

Still not sure what all of our choices are? We have an updated flier with profiles and FAQ that you can download here (pdf). If you have any questions, you can also contact us at

Meet the Unions!

GSU officially kicked off its affiliation campaign and celebrated May Day with a cook-out at the Graduate Student co-op yesterday. Beginning this week, GSU members and graduate students will have the opportunity to meet and discuss questions with all five of our candidate unions. The first round begins this week with AFT-IFT (American Federation of Teachers and Illinois Federation of Teachers) and AAUP (American Association of University Professors).

When: Friday, May 7

Who: AFT-IFT (1:30-3:00), AAUP (3:00-4:30) and you!

Where: First floor lounge at Bartlett Hall

Still not sure what all of our choices are? We have an updated flier with profiles and FAQ that you can download here (pdf). If you have any questions, you can also contact us at

Should GSU Affiliate with an International Union?

During this coming Spring Quarter, GSU will hold a member-wide referendum on the issue of affiliation. Should GSU affiliate with an international union? If so, with which one? This will be by far the most important issue that GSU has voted on, and we need YOU to take part in figuring out what is in the best interest of graduate student workers here at the University of Chicago.

There will be a series of GSU-hosted events throughout the quarter where members and interested graduate students will be able to discuss this issue, including meetings with the unions themselves. More information on the dates and places of these events will be forthcoming. In the meantime, please take a few minutes to look over the spread on affiliation in the latest issue of GSU News (pdf), where you can find answers to frequently asked questions concerning affiliation as well as some information on each of the unions we are considering. As always, you can contact GSU at to ask any questions or raise any issues that you may have.

Apple Action for Graduate Funding

This large protest led to the provost’s office in the administration building. See photos of the event by Neal Patel.

The original press release read as follows:

It’s Time to Take Action for Graduate Funding

Tuesday, February 19th
Front Foyer of the Regenstein Library

Join the Graduate Council’s Committee on Graduate Funding and Graduate Students United in calling on the U of C administration to take meaningful action on Graduate Funding.

After gathering at the Regenstein Library at noon, we will be walking over to the Administration Building to show that more work needs to be done on these issues. Using an apple, a symbol of education, each of us will be able to leave a message about how important it us for us as students and teachers, workers and neighbors, to see change on these issues.

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