Dear Friends and Colleagues:
The time has finally come! On February 17th, the Coalition of Graduate Employees (CGE) and the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) will gather on the steps of Old Main to formally announce our partnership, as well as declare the beginning of our card drive! This is the first step in petitioning the university to recognize a graduate employee union.
By the stipulations of the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Law, we need to collect authorization cards from at least 30% of all Graduate Employees that declare "yes, we want to have a vote about a union" in order to initiate the vote (we hope at least 60% will sign). This is our first step towards forming a union, and we need EVERY ONE OF YOU who supports this to be out there.
We will begin our rally event at 12:00 PM, on the Old Main steps. Graduate students will share their concerns and goals through unionization; PSEA speakers will share their experiences with organizing; faculty supporters will be present to offer their support. We will have cards on-site, for those of you who are ready to sign and join a growing wave of graduate students working together to make their university a better place.
Free coffee, hot chocolate, and tea will be provided. Come make history with us.
-Coalition of Graduate Employees