This Week in Graduate Organizing

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In case you hadn’t heard, this was a great week for graduate unionization, both at Penn State and around the country. Graduate employees here showcased their labor on Wednesday during a work-in at Kern Building and yesterday graduate employees at the University of Chicago scored a major victory when they overwhelmingly voted in favor of […]

Public Universities and Private Suits: How National Changes Affect Our Graduate Unionization Effort

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Penn State administration’s opposition to graduate unionization is crystal clear. However, what might not be clear is why university administration is willing to spend upwards of $500,000 to fight our unionization campaign. While one answer is that spending this amount of money in the short-term saves the administration money and negotiation efforts in the long-term, […]

Participatory Budgeting: How You Help Shape CGE and the University

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If you’ve ever been part of a group with a budget, you may have heard the term “participatory budgeting,” but what exactly is it? Participatory budgeting (PB) involves democratizing the fiscal decision-making process of institutions and organizations like unions. A union gives workers a voice in our workplace; PB empowers rank and file members to […]

Women’s Equality, Sexual Assault Resources, and Penn State’s Future Decisions

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I’m a new grad assistant here at Penn State, and I’ve already had my share of women’s issues at our great university. This is concerning considering that Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s Secretary of Education, has decided to roll back Title IX legislation created in 2011 to reduce instances of sexual assault. In my department (which […]

Penn State Hearing Review

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  In the past week and a half, Penn State’s administration has insulted every aspect of graduate assistants’ work or, as they were so fond of calling it, our “activities.” For those of you who have been keeping up with CGE’s Twitter and Facebook, this will come as no surprise, but for readers still scratching […]

Reply All: Graduate Unionization Hearing

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On Thursday evening, PSU graduate workers received an email from Dean Vasilatos-Younken ‘updating’ them on the results of the legal challenge mounted by administration against its graduate employees. The email contained a number of untruths and misrepresentations, and grad employees deserve the truth. First, the Dean yet again attributed our unionization effort to the Pennsylvania […]