Bargaining Survey Responses: Our Grad Experience

In February 2018, GSU conducted a survey to learn about the experiences, needs, and priorities of graduate workers. The survey was designed by a group of graduate students and sent to all members of the bargaining unit, including non-GSU members. The results of the survey will be used to inform our direction and priorities in contract negotiation. It also represents a never-before-seen snapshot of what graduate education is like at Uchicago right now. It covers aspects of graduate life beyond work and pay, including housing, healthcare, parenting, harassment, working conditions and more. Designing a survey on this scale and analyzing the results has been a long and careful process undertaken by highly skilled members. GSU thanks them for their labor.

While we fight for the chance to negotiate a contract with the administration, we are releasing some particularly salient responses to survey questions, which provide striking insight into the lives, struggles, and concerns of graduate workers at UChicago today. We conducted this survey with careful confidentiality protections. All quotes are anonymized, and we have received consent from everyone quoted to confirm that we may use their words.

We will begin releasing survey results below, and will continue to do so over the coming weeks. If you missed the survey or have additional concerns, don’t worry. But, make sure your voice is heard—talk to a steward in your department, speak up at a GSU general meeting, or post online with the #OurGradExperience hashtag!

Pay Related Findings:

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Childcare and Parenting Related Findings: