Newsletter – 20 September 2018

You may have heard that we recently won three years of guaranteed raises after negotiating in union with the University of Kansas, but if not… Good news! We’re getting raises! $750 per year for the next three years, starting in October! Read Lawrence Journal World article here: In previous years, confusion caused some departments to notContinue reading “Newsletter – 20 September 2018”

Media Statement – 19 Sept 2020

KU Graduate Union Celebrates Winning Raises, Benefits for Graduate Teaching Assistants Lawrence, KS — The Graduate Teaching Assistants Coalition (GTAC) at the University of Kansas, American Federation of Teachers Local 6403, declared victory today on behalf of the more than 1,200 graduate teaching assistants the unit represents. The Memorandum of Agreement approved today by theContinue reading “Media Statement – 19 Sept 2020”

GTAC Elections for 2018-2019

We are announcing the opening of nominations for elections to all GTAC leadership positions for next academic year! GTAC has open nominations for steering committee positions between August 16-September 16th  You can find information about the different available positions and their responsibilities below. You can self-nominate or nominate anyone you think would be able toContinue reading “GTAC Elections for 2018-2019”

Tuition Waivers Are NOT Income!

Universities balance their budgets on the backs of graduate students. In a way, we sign up for years of living paycheck-to-paycheck, working hard to make ends meet. The minimum salary for a full-time graduate teaching assistant at KU is $15,500 — that’s about 129% of the federal poverty level, if you’re a single adult withContinue reading “Tuition Waivers Are NOT Income!”

Did KU pay you for your work?

GTAs, GRAs, and GAs, Apparently a significant number of you are not receiving your paychecks this week (and possibly may not receive a paycheck on Sept. 22 either). Obviously GTAC is very concerned about this, and we’re reaching out to Human Resources to figure out why this happened and why graduate students weren’t notified earlierContinue reading “Did KU pay you for your work?”

Let’s stand together! Coalition Meeting – 6 Dec 2016

CALL TO ACTION! TO ALL GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS on the campus of KU and in the city of Lawrence who express solidarity with the vulnerable and who stand against the rhetoric of hate in our current social and political climate, we call on you to join together to form a sustained community coalition to actContinue reading “Let’s stand together! Coalition Meeting – 6 Dec 2016”

KU (Tries) To Cut GTA Health Insurance

Citing a “federal ruling,” KU will stop offering subsidized health insurance to its graduate student employees. In a letter sent from the Office of the Provost, KU alerted its GTAs, GRAs, and GAs, that beginning on August 1, 2017, they will need to obtain and pay for their own health insurance. Currently, KU pays forContinue reading “KU (Tries) To Cut GTA Health Insurance”

GTAC Officer Election Results – Spring 2015

The Graduate Teaching Assistants Coalition, AFT Local 6403 announces the following new officers: President – Shane Willson Secretary – Reilly Shwab Treasurer – Laurie Petty Grievance Resolution Committee Chair – Laurie Petty Communications Committee Chair – Emily J. Kennedy Negotiation Committee Chair – Reilly Shwab Membership Committee Chair – David Cooper Thanks to the GTACContinue reading “GTAC Officer Election Results – Spring 2015”