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

Great, a Raise! Now How About Admitting We Work Here?

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?

Sometimes It Just Works: Organizing to Win at Mizzou

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

We Are Workers

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.

You Call This Insurance? U-SHIP Deductible Surges, Amounting to $300 Pay Cut for Sick Students

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

Whither Our Trajectory? Quick Takes on the UChicagoGRAD Rebranding

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