Election results and Happy Hour

GAUnited would like to announce the results of our Officer Elections that we held at the end of last week.

Your new Officers for next year are:

President: John Flowers
VP Membership: Rory Leahy
VP Communications: Andrew Gillespie
Secretary / Treasurer:  Greg Carter
Grievance Officer: Linden Reid
Stewards Council Chair: Carlos Medina
Thanks to all of the Officers from 2015 – 2016 for your service and congratulations to all of you who are graduating!
But wait, there’s more!

We will be holding a final Happy Hour of the year tomorrow at Pinch Penny Pub.

GAUnited Happy Hour
Where: Pinch Penny Pub
When: Tuesday, May 03, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Come out and meet the membership both old and new!!!

In Solidarity,

GAU Elections Results

Thank you everyone for coming out to vote Wednesday and today. GAU had a great turnout!

The results of the 2015-2016 election is:

John Flowers Philosophy

John Flowers


Natalie Nash
VP for Membership


Sandy Kim
VP for Communications

Joseph Pashea Criminology & Criminal Justice

Joseph Pashea

Many people spoke with the Elections Committee members at the table about involvement with the Union. GA United is volunteer based and we will accept as much or as little assistance as you are willing to provide.

Stewards – Represent your department or academic unit; we need to hear your voice and concerns
Legislative and Political Action Committee – Work towards increasing diversity and activism
Communications Committee – offer your design skills, social media presence, and more
Membership Committee – help with recruitment or offer insight into needs of members
Grievance Committee – help resolve labor disputes
Bargaining Committee – Negotiate the contract and lower employment fees
And more!

This Union is YOUR Union! We are only as strong as our membership so if you can volunteer a couple of hours a month we would love to hear from you.

Thank you all for voting!

In Solidarity,

GA United

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 gauvpcomm@gmail.com. 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.

Union Election, Not NLRB Vote

By Scott Jaschik; published on 11/27/2014 at Inside Higher Ed.

Graduate teaching assistants at New York University could be represented by a union as early as next year, under a deal announced Tuesday afternoon.

Under the deal between NYU and the United Auto Workers, an election is expected next month on whether graduate teaching assistants would like to be represented by the UAW. If they vote yes, as is expected, NYU would become the first private university since 2005 with unionized TAs. Under the agreement, both sides agreed to withdraw a case currently before the National Labor Relations Board on the legal right of private university graduate students to unionize. That case had the potential to set a new precedent on the issue, which is currently governed by a 2004 ruling denying that right.

To read more click here.

Union Impact and Non-Impact

Published at Inside Higher Ed on October 8, 2013; by Scott jaschik.

Graduate student unionization is very much in the news these days, with the National Labor Relations Board expected to rule soon on whether graduate assistants may unionize at private universities. New York University on Friday offered a deal to the United Auto Workers unit organizing graduate students at the university under which NYU would accept a vote on a teaching assistant union but not a research assistant union. The debates over unions frequently deal with whether the nature of the student-faculty relationship deteriorates with collective bargaining, and whether unionized graduate students earn more.

Currently, there are no private universities with graduate student unions. But many public universities have them, and the authors of a paper released this year surveyed similar graduate students at universities with and without unions about pay and also the student-faculty relationship. The study found unionized graduate students earn more, on average. And on various measures of student-faculty relations, the survey found either no difference or (in some cases) better relations at unionized campuses.

The paper (abstract available here) appears in ILR Review, published by Cornell University.

Click here to read the entire article.