At 12pm on Tuesday, February 26th, there will be a rally for graduate employee rights in the UIC Quad. We will be showing our strength to encourage the administration to be more reasonable at the bargaining table.
Graduate employees are an essential part of UIC’s workforce. We spend countless hours teaching, grading, planning, and performing important administrative tasks. Despite this, many grad employees live below the poverty line, and many more earn much less than the $17,958 per year that UIC’s own financial aid office claims is the cost of living in Chicago. We deserve better.
The Graduate Employees’ Organization, the union representing all TA’s and GA’s at UIC, has been negotiating a new contract for the past 9 months. The administration has thus far refused to offer a financial proposal that even comes close to a living wage.