Graduate Assistants United (GAU)
Graduate Assistants United is THE union for graduate assistants at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. GAU gained exclusive bargaining rights on September 13th, 2006 and has been representing graduate assistants at SIUC ever since.
GAU represents all graduate assistants at SIUC: research, teaching, administrative, & graduate employees with assistantships. We believe that graduate students must stand together on issues that affect our working environment. GAU is committed to improving teaching, research, and learning conditions at SIUC. We are active on issues ranging from the rising cost of education at SIUC (in particularly skyrocketing fees), to healthcare and workload. GAU wants to bring graduate assistant pay in line with GA’s at peer institutions (an issue acknowledged by the University).
Graduate Assistants United is a local affiliate of the Illinois Education Association (IEA) and a national affiliate of the National Education Association (NEA).