February 28, 2017

University of Chicago Graduate Students Begin Unionization Drive

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS–In the Chicago Maroon, the University of Chicago’s student newspaper, Garrett Williams reports on efforts undertaken by Graduate Students United, an organization of University of Chicago graduate students, to implement a union on campus. This latest drive to form a union of graduate student employees comes on the heels of unionization votes at Harvard, Columbia, and Yale universities.

University of Chicago’s Graduate Students United was first formed in 2007 and has been active in securing expanded health insurance options, financial resources for student parents, and improved financial assistance for graduate and PhD students. The organization has also successfully petitioned university administration to condemn the Trump administration’s executive order banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. No date has been set to formally vote on unionization, but Graduate Students United “hopes to vote as soon as possible,” according to GSU member Juliana Locke.

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