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
In early December, University of Chicago graduate employees received a pair of emails from our Provost, Eric D. Isaacs, announcing substantial wage increases for graduate employees in the Social Sciences and Humanities Divisions, as well as the Divinity School and the School of Social Service Administration. These two e-mails say it loud and clear: the … More Great, a Raise! Now How About Admitting We Work Here?
This past summer, after the University of Missouri administration announced sudden and draconian cuts to their health insurance (an issue we know well), GSU developed relationships with grad student workers there. They fought back and won a powerful victory. Over the past couple of weeks, the fight at Mizzou led by #ConcernedStudent1950 against racism on … More Sometimes It Just Works: Organizing to Win at Mizzou
Come and join your fellow graduate student workers on a campus rally this Thursday (10/15), and don’t forget to check out this link to find out what our comrades have done across the nation and beyond. See you all soon!
Stay tuned for solidarity action on October 15 among graduate workers at private universities across the nation. GSU’s media outlets and the We Are Workers website will keep you posted on upcoming events on campus, in Chicago, and beyond.
After a summer of creative resistance, our “Pay Dues” button is now fully cooperating with our efforts to use it as a link for paying annual GSU membership dues online. The backstory: Yesterday afternoon, GSU’s web team sat down with the “Pay Dues” button over lunch at Robust Coffee. The meeting can only be described as … More Our “Pay Dues” feature is back online!
Last week, University of Chicago students received an email alerting us to some dramatic increases in our health insurance deductibles on the U-SHIP plan for the coming year: from $200 to $500 for in-network providers, and from $500 to $1,000 for out-of-network providers. This means that all of us on U-SHIP insurance will have to … More You Call This Insurance? U-SHIP Deductible Surges, Amounting to $300 Pay Cut for Sick Students
Earlier this week, we learned that the good old Office of Graduate Student Affairs has been rebranded as UChicagoGRAD. This relabeled administrative entity is being described by the Provost as “a new office and comprehensive program designed to make resources for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars more accessible and more effective.” This all sounds good, … More Whither Our Trajectory? Quick Takes on the UChicagoGRAD Rebranding
Hey folks, take a look at the new budget for next year’s Student Government that was approved by SG’s membership earlier this week. This year GSU was represented in the decision-making by several GSU members who serve on the Graduate Council, not to mention the GSU-endorsed leadership of Tyler Kissinger and his United Progress team. … More Your Student Life Fee $$$ at Work
Join us for our quarterly members’ meeting this Friday at 12:30 p.m. on the Quad!