Since 2002, Graduate Assistants United (GAU) has worked to ensure that Graduate Employees have a strong, autonomous voice for economic security, benefits, and quality working conditions at the University of Rhode Island.
GAU represents nearly 600 graduate teaching, research, and administrative assistants at the University of Rhode Island. As a union, we collectively bargain our contract to ensure that our rights are protected and our contract is as strong as it can possibly be.
What We've Achieved
Raises for graduate assistants every time we've gone to the negotiating table
Healthcare benefits, paid for by the university
Paid sick leave (8 days per year)
Paid parental leave
20% waiver for student fees
Parking passes for all full time Grad Assistants
Mileage reimbursement for the use of your vehicle when doing university business
A robust grievance procedure to protect our contract and our rights as workers
The right to Academic Freedom- the freedom to teach and research controversial topics without fear of discipline or dismissal