Your grad assistants union @ URI

Dear Members (old and new),

Welcome to URI and Graduate Assistants United. YOU are the union, and we want to hear from you. We will be holding General Assembly meetings throughout the semester so everyone’s voice is heard. Please feel free to stop by Roosevelt Hall to chat, or send an email to us at

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete our contract negotiations survey during the last academic year. We hear you loud and clear. We will fight to secure competitive wages, reduce student fees, improve health insurance, and will address many other issues you have brought to our attention. If any of these issues have affected your life as a graduate assistant, please tell us your story here on the webpage under the Issues tab.

We are looking for departmental stewards, a rank-and-file member for the negotiation committee, and artsy people to help with graphic design to get some informational flyers out around campus. Please let us know if there are other ways you think you can help strengthen GAU. If you are interested in getting involved with the GAU or have questions regarding your assistantship, feel free to send us an email at

In solidarity,

Melissa Burger
GAU President

Become a Member
Becoming a member of the GAU is simple. Just print out a Membership Card, fill it out (don’t forget to sign and date) and send it to 307 Roosevelt Hall via interoffice mail, carrier pigeon, or — better yet — stop by and pay us a visit.
Share Your Story
Nearly half of you stepped up and took our survey this spring. Thank you!  We want to know more about how these issues have affected you as a graduate assistant.
Get Involved
The GAU has a stronger voice with more actively participating members. Get involved today by attending the next meeting, helping on a committee, or serving in a leadership role. Contact us or click here to learn more about becoming an active member.

Latest News (Read More)

11 October

Oct 15 General Assembly: #CoverMe

10.15.14 General Assembly InvitationPaid for a filling recently?  How about a new pair of glasses?  Shelled out a crazy co-pay on a medical procedure?

Did you ever think, hey, maybe #URIShouldCoverThat?
If you liked our first GA meeting (or sadly missed it), you’ll love #CoverMe, GAU’s General Assembly to fight for comprehensive healthcare for graduate assistants at URI. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 15th at 6pm in the Memorial Union Gallery (room 233). 
Overwhelmingly, attendees at our first GA meeting had questions and concerns about their health coverage. Put them to Ellen Reynolds, Director of Health Services, who will be our special guest at this Assembly! We’ll also be doing some brainstorming on how to raise visibility on this issue (and possibly some en masse tweeting–oh and hey, if you aren’t following us at @URIGAU, get on that!).  We’re pushing for better coverage in our next contract, and URI needs to hear loud and clear that grad assistants need their basic health needs met. We’ll also be feeling out the topic of our next Assembly, so if something is furrowing your brow even more than the fact that you can’t afford a dental filling, let us know at the meeting!


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Events on October 2, 2014
  • Negotiation Team Meeting
    Starts: 4:30 pm
    Ends: October 2, 2014 - 5:20 pm
Events on October 6, 2014
  • Executive Board Meeting
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: October 6, 2014 - 3:50 pm
Events on October 7, 2014
  • News From Room 206
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: October 7, 2014 - 7:00 pm
Events on October 8, 2014
  • Negotiating Team Meeting
    Starts: 3:00 pm
    Ends: October 8, 2014 - 3:50 pm
Events on October 15, 2014
  • Negotiation Team Meeting
    Starts: 3:00 pm
    Ends: October 15, 2014 - 3:50 pm
  • General Assembly
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: October 15, 2014 - 7:50 pm
    Location: Memorial Union Gallery
    Description: Come to our 2nd General Assembly! Meet members, Q&A with health services, share your stories, learn about what we're fighting for in the contract, and tell us what you want to see for our next meeting!
Events on October 20, 2014
  • Executive Board Meeting
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: October 20, 2014 - 4:00 pm
Events on October 22, 2014
  • Negotiating Team Meeting
    Starts: 3:00 pm
    Ends: October 22, 2014 - 3:50 pm
Events on October 29, 2014
  • Negotiation Team Meeting
    Starts: 3:00 pm
    Ends: October 29, 2014 - 3:50 pm