Let Your Views Be Known NOW in Our Bargaining Survey

  On the morning of February 23, 2018 executive vice-provost David Nirenberg sent out an email to the UChicago community announcing what he termed a “collective self-study” in the coming months meant to “sustain and improve the possibilities for graduate student life, education, and research.” It seems the message elicited some skepticism. Perhaps because there … More Let Your Views Be Known NOW in Our Bargaining Survey

Solidarity Statement for GEO at UIUC

We, Graduate Students United (GSU) at the University of Chicago, support the Graduate Employees’ Organization (GEO) in their effort to bargain a fair contract with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Graduate employees at UIUC have been without a contract since August 2017 and have been in negotiations since March 2017. We urge Provost Cangellaris … More Solidarity Statement for GEO at UIUC

GSU Statement on the Stephen Bannon Invitation

We, at GSU, are writing to express our opposition to the proposed Stephen Bannon “debate” at the University of Chicago. By approving the invitation to Bannon, the university confirms its disregard for the emotional and material well being of its student population. Bannon, whose career has been fueled by racist, anti-semitic, Islamophobic, anti-LGBTQ, anti-immigrant, and … More GSU Statement on the Stephen Bannon Invitation

How We’ll Win Our Contract

Colleagues, In October, graduate workers at the University of Chicago made history: we voted 1103-479 to demand that the university recognize our union, Graduate Students United (GSU). In the months since, the University of Chicago administration has refused to respect the results of that election and begin bargaining a contract. They have made clear in … More How We’ll Win Our Contract

WE WON: Historic Landslide Victory for Grad Workers at UChicago

We DID IT! After a decade of organizing, countless conversations, and a thrilling election closely followed across the country (see, for example, here, here, here and here), grad employees at the University of Chicago overwhelmingly voted YES to recognize Graduate Students United as their union! This high-turnout, supermajority win represents grad workers’ strong mandate to advocate for their own … More WE WON: Historic Landslide Victory for Grad Workers at UChicago

A Message on Housing from GSU Member Caroline Heller

My name is Caroline Heller, and I am a fourth-year doctoral student in English Language and Literature. I support Graduate Students United (GSU) because with a union I’ll have a seat at the table when decisions are made that affect my life, including where I live. When I started at the University of Chicago in … More A Message on Housing from GSU Member Caroline Heller

You Can’t Silence Us! A Message From GSU Members

Late Friday afternoon, on the eve of the new academic year, the University administration requested that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) review its election order for University of Chicago graduate employees. Continuing its anti-democratic stalling tactics, the administration also requested that the Board either stay our election or impound our ballots. The admin seeks … More You Can’t Silence Us! A Message From GSU Members

A Message on Childcare from GSU Member Neville Eclov

My name is Neville Eclov, and I’m a graduate employee in the Biological Sciences Division. I’m voting YES for our union because graduate employees at UChicago deserve a workplace that supports workers and their families. My wife Rachel and I had our daughter in 2014, at the start of my third year. Raising Isobel has … More A Message on Childcare from GSU Member Neville Eclov