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This Week in Graduate Organizing

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 a union.

This win is particularly sweet in the wake of  University of Chicago administrators’ attempts to stall the vote by appealing to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).However, in the face of many of the same tactics that Penn State administrators have used against graduate workers in addition to the NLRB appeal, graduate labor won.

The status quo will not always be the status quo, and University of Chicago graduate employees made that fact emphatically clear this week. They are taking a stand for their rights, regardless of the union-busting tactics administrators try. 

CGE congratulates the graduate employees at the University of Chicago, and especially their union organization, Graduate Students United (GSU). We hope administrators stop emailing you soon so that you can get back to celebrating.

In solidarity, the Coalition of Graduate Employees