GA United Officer Elections

Greetings one and all,

Graduate Assistants United will be holding officer elections on April 8 and April 9 in the Student Center, North Side.

*We are holding elections at this time to allow new officers the opportunity to shadow current officers; we hope this will aid in the transition from the 2014/’15 Executive Council to the 2015/’16 Executive Council.

We are soliciting interested parties to run for the four officer positions:

If you or someone you know may be interested in running for an elected position please contact Kevin Taylor at We will be able to accept nominations up until Monday night of April 6.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
All the best,
Kevin Taylor
VP for Communications
*A person does not have to be a member to put your name on the ballot but Officers are required to be dues paying members.
**Only dues paying members are eligible to vote for officers.
***Graduate students may become dues paying members the day of elections and vote.

Tonight, (Wednesday, November 19) Happy Hour from 8-10pm at Tres Hombres


How much has GAU saved you?


Thursday, August 14, Happy Hour @Melange


Fossil Free SIU


As public pressure to confront climate change builds, we call on Southern Illinois University to immediately freeze any new investment in fossil-fuel companies, and to divest within five years from direct ownership and from any commingled funds that include fossil-fuel public equities and corporate bonds. We believe such action on behalf of our University will not only be a sound decision for our institution’s financial portfolio, but also for the well-being of its current and future graduating classes, who deserve the opportunity to graduate with a future not defined by climate chaos.

Why is this important?

Climate change is accelerating. We are witnessing the increasing impacts of a warming planet more and more consistently; in this last year alone our country experienced record-breaking heat, droughts, and hurricanes, which impacted hundreds of thousands of people and cost our country hundreds of billions of dollars. Hurricane Sandy alone caused $50 billion in damages. Experts agree that global warming caused by humans burning fossil fuels will continue to accelerate and intensify these tragic climate disasters. The scientific consensus is clear and overwhelming; we cannot safely burn even half of global fossil-fuel reserves without dangerously warming the planet for several thousand years.


The One Percent at State U

Link here

By Andrew Erwin and Marjorie Wood

New report finds that student debt and low-wage faculty labor are rising faster at state universities with the highest-paid presidents.

One Percent at State U Report CoverState universities have come under increasing criticism for excessive executive pay, soaring student debt, and low-wage faculty labor. In the public debate, these issues are often treated separately. Our study examines what happened to student debt and faculty labor at the 25 public universities with the highest executive pay (hereafter “the top 25”) from fall 2005 to summer 2012 (FY 2006 – FY 2012). Our findings suggest these issues are closely related and should be addressed together in the future.

Since the 2008 financial crisis, executive pay at “the top 25” has risen dramatically to far exceed pre-crisis levels. Over the same period, low-wage faculty labor and student debt at these institutions rose faster than national averages. In short, a top-heavy, “1% recovery” occurred at major state universities across the country, largely at the expense of students and faculty.

  • The student debt crisis is worse at state schools with the highest-paid presidents. The sharpest rise in student debt at the top 25 occurred when executive compensation soared the highest.
  • As students went deeper in debt, administrative spending outstripped scholarship spending by more than 2 to 1 at state schools with the highest-paid presidents.
  • As presidents’ pay at the top 25 skyrocketed after 2008, part-time adjunct faculty increased more than twice as fast as the national average at all universities.
  • At state schools with the highest-paid presidents, permanent faculty declined dramatically as a percentage of all faculty. By fall 2012, part-time and contingent faculty at the top 25 outnumbered permanent faculty for the first time.
  • Average executive pay at the top 25 rose to nearly $1 million by 2012 – increasing more than twice as fast as the national average at public research universities.

Download the report [PDF]

GA United Family Picnic, May 16

GAUnited members gathered Friday, May 16, for an end-of-semester Union Family Picnic at Evergreen Park. Amidst the picnicking, Bob Velez, the newly-elected president of GAU, commented on bargaining. Velez spoke to the importance of union power for advancement of economic justice for graduate assistants at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.