Your grad assistants union @ URI

Hey GAU members,

Welcome to the newly designed webpage for Graduate Assistants United! Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete our contract negotiations survey. We hear you loud and clear. Securing competitive wages, reducing student fees, improving health insurance, working towards guaranteed funding, and many other issues you have brought to our attention will be explored as we prepare to enter into contract negotiations. If any of these issues have affected your life as a graduate assistant, please tell us your story. 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-elect

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20 June

Tell Us Your Story

This spring, nearly half our membership stepped up and took our 2014 Membership Survey. Thank you! We heard you loud and clear, and we’ll be taking a renewed sense of purpose, inspired by your experiences, to the negotiating table this summer. Our bargaining priorities — earning a living wage, securing better health coverage (hello vision and dental!), working towards guaranteed funding and preventing assistant exploitation — were deeply informed by your feedback.

The most powerful information we can leverage is the personal experience of our membership. We want to know more about how the issues we’re fighting to improve in our next contract have affected you. Do you struggle to pay your bills every month? Has graduate school put you debt? Did you have to reach deep into your pockets to cover basic medical needs? Have you lost your funding or had it threatened? Are you working many more hours than you are being paid for?

We’re not rabble rousing — we live with these problems, too. It’s time to do something about them.

Let us know how these issues are affecting you. We’ll take your (anonymous!) stories with us to the table.

Lastly, if you’re as fired up about these issues as we are, it’s not too late to get involved in the negotiations process!



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Contact us at, call 401.874.2826, or fax 401.874.5147. Our offices are located at 307 Roosevelt Hall, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881.