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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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