From Fall 2016 to May 2017, we ran a card-campaign for union-recognition – collecting signed authorization cards from prospective members of the bargaining unit, to file for a union election. A favorable majority of those voting in the election will enable GSU to bargain a contract – we will then be looking to elect a bargaining committee, that will bargain a contract and bring it to the membership for a vote.
GSU filed authorization cards from a majority of graduate teaching and research assistants to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for a union-recognition election on May 8, 2017. The NLRB is therefore not currently accepting authorization cards for the purpose of filing for election. However, GSU membership cards can still be signed by prospective members of the bargaining unit, and graduate research and teaching assistants can show their support by signing our Petition to Vote YES for a Union.
If you are a current or former undergraduate or master’s student at the University of Chicago, you can show your support by signing this petition in support of GSU. Other supporters and allies of GSU can get in contact with us to show their support.
For more information on what various terms mean, the card campaign, and the process that GSU is using to form a union, check out our vocabulary sheet here. If you have more questions, you can get in touch with your Departmental Organizer, contact us, or peruse our general FAQs about unionization.