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September 23, 2017

University of Chicago Graduate Employees Have Voted Decisively For a Union By More Than a 2-1 Majority in a History-Making Vote

University of Chicago Graduate Employees Have Voted Decisively For a Union By More Than a 2-1 Majority in a History-Making Vote

The National Labor Relations Board announced that graduate assistants voted overwhelmingly to recognize Graduate Students United as their exclusive collective bargaining representative, 1,103 to 479, in October.

Graduate employees work with students every day. They understand what their students need better than most. With a union, they will have the voice they need to push for improvements to the classes they teach and the research they conduct.

Founded in 2007, GSU has fought for healthcare, child care, stipends to match Chicago’s cost of living, funding to finish degrees and a regularized pay schedule.

GSU, which re-affirmed its affiliation with the Illinois Federation of Teachers, the American Federation of Teachers and the American Association of University Professors in 2016, will immediately move to bargain a first contract with the university administration.

Claudio Gonzáles, a third-year student in mathematics, said: “Our overwhelming victory is a testament to our long-held belief: Graduate workers perform unquestionably valuable work and are the backbone of the University of Chicago. We have exercised our democratic right and have elected to sit at the table when decisions are made that affect our lives, and also the lives of our students and those in the broader community.”

To read the full story, visit https:// www.ift-aft.org/news/2017/10/19/ university-of-chicago-graduate-workerswin-union-vote

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