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)

20 November

Join the CAT, come to the Strat…egy Meeting!

On the heels of our ridiculously awesome Harvest Fest*, we will be holding our first ever Contract Action Team (CAT) Strategy Meeting (Strat). Why the CAT Strat? We’ve been working hard on the back-end: researching and writing a new contract. Now we need all the help we can get rallying the troops to the undeniably just cause of better wages and treatment for GAs. If we want the best contract, we need people to turn out.

So: hardcore people person? Passionate and creative? Then we need you for this. The CATs are going to gather on Monday (the 24th) at 6pm in CBLS 100 to strategize how to best engage and energize the membership, and to come up with fun, compelling direct actions.


*Seriously: we had great attendance, we passed our budget, ratified the CGEU Constitution, were delighted to present our top negotiation proposals, and of course, we rolled out the CAT. And then there was Howard, who rocked the house. If you missed Howard Bunsis’s enlightening presentation on URI’s financials, check back soon for a run-down of the highlights.

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December  2014
Events on December 10, 2014
  • GSA-GAU Ice Skating @ BOSS Arena
    Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: December 10, 2014 - 6:50 pm