The Day After We Win Our Union

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We’ve received a fair amount of questions, both online and in townhalls, about what Penn State will look like in the days and months after we vote to unionize. How will we negotiate with Penn State? What happens to offers already made to new graduate assistants? How will things change? Before getting into the nitty […]

Expanded FAQ, Round 2

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We’ve been getting more and more questions, and we’re happy to answer them! If yours fell through the cracks, drop us a line and we’ll get right on it. If you have a question that isn’t addressed here, fill out our anonymous form and we’ll get to it ASAP!   Make sure to check out […]

Expanded FAQ!

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We’ve gotten a ton of questions since our FAQ went up, and we want to make sure we address them! If you asked a question and don’t see it here, shoot us a Facebook message and we’ll make sure it gets addressed. If you have a new question that isn’t addressed, fill out this anonymous […]

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 […]