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)

13 September

General Assembly Meeting on Monday!

General Assembly Invite (1)Our first General Assembly will be held this Monday, September 15 at 6pm in CBLS 100 (that’s the Ryan Auditorium on the first floor of the building). What’s a general assembly? It’s a chance for you to speak your mind about what’s impacting you as a grad assistant, get questions answered, hear what we’ve been up to and weigh in on what we’re doing as an organization.

We’re especially focused on student fees right now, since it’s so darn timely. We all got our first paychecks of the academic year today. Did you notice that your student fee bill is almost three-quarters of your first check? If you are a new student, that proportion is almost your whole check. For those of us who came to the university without a lot of resources, that’s doesn’t leave any money to survive on for the first month of the semester.

GAU does not approve of charging grad assistants fees to work. Nor is it cool to pretend you aren’t increasing the financial burden on students when you’re really just being sneaky about it. We’ll be talking about this, and many of our other issues, at the meeting on Monday.

(Incidentally, if you are really strapped for cash while you wait to receive another paycheck the university will give you a small, short-term, emergency loan. Inquire at the student loan office in the basement of Roosevelt.)

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Calendar of Events (Available via XML, iCal, or HTML)

«  September  2014  
Events on September 3, 2014
  • Executive Board Meeting
    Starts: 11:00 am
    Ends: September 3, 2014 - 12:50 pm
Events on September 5, 2014
  • Graduate Assistants United Re-Orientation
    Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: September 5, 2014 - 6:50 pm
    Location: Edwards Auditorium
Events on September 8, 2014
  • Negotiating Team Meeting
    Starts: 12:00 pm
    Ends: September 8, 2014 - 2:50 pm
Events on September 15, 2014
  • Executive Board Meeting
    Starts: 1:00 pm
    Ends: September 15, 2014 - 2:50 pm
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: September 15, 2014 - 7:50 pm
    Location: CBLS 100
Events on September 30, 2014
  • Weingarten Biergarten
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: September 30, 2014 - 8:20 pm