GTAC Newsletter – 9 September 2020

“The only effective answer to organized greed is organized labor.” ―AFL-CIO Dear Friend, Today is Labor Day, a holiday intended for workers like us to celebrate these victories and enjoy rest from work. Meanwhile, the rest of the world takes May Day to commemorate the martyrs of the 1886 Haymarket Affair in Chicago, who died fighting for a balance betweenContinue reading “GTAC Newsletter – 9 September 2020”

KU Labor Day Student Strike Info – Discipline Process

What happens if I am counseled or disciplined?Within our union negotiated process of progress discipline, KU “shall apply the least severe discipline possible” which “will reasonably accomplish the desired alteration of conduct or performance”. Your chair must consider your work history, any mitigating circumstances, and nature of the incident. Because the undesirable conduct is thatContinue reading “KU Labor Day Student Strike Info – Discipline Process”

KU Labor Day Student Strike Info – Before Discipline

What if following my departmental policy means that I can’t reschedule or move my class?If your departmental policy says that you must seek permission and permission is denied, and you choose to participate in the KU Labor Day Student Strike, you could be at risk of discipline. This chart details the steps taken before youContinue reading “KU Labor Day Student Strike Info – Before Discipline”

GTAC Labor Day Letter to the Editor

In case you missed it, KU Provost Barbara Bichelmeyer recently accused our community of being unreasonably attached to a desire for “certainty” and said we are simply “not motivated to seek understanding”. She is upset that we sought understanding by listening to expert scientists and scholars, in the areas of epidemiology, public health, disability studies, health equity,Continue reading “GTAC Labor Day Letter to the Editor”

Re: University Concerns about GTAC Communications

Most links are not contained within the original email. They are added here for reader context. Sat 9/5/2020 6:49 PMFrom: Gauding, Patrick JohnTo: Julie A. ThorntonCc: Rose Welch; Neill Kennedy; Rounds, Mike; Leitch, MichaelSubject: University Concerns about GTAC Communications Dear Julie, We appreciate your reaching out to us on this issue and are glad to see more open communication from KU. While neither RoseContinue reading “Re: University Concerns about GTAC Communications”

KU Undergrads on Strike!

Solidarity is a verb. Dear Comrades, On Monday, August 31, 2020, KU Provost Barbara Bichelmeyer emailed the entire Jayhawk community with a statement called, “The Need for Certainty and the Need for Understanding“. In this email, Bichelmeyer accuses our entire community of being unreasonably attached to a desire for “certainty” and claims that the facultyContinue reading “KU Undergrads on Strike!”

GTAC Newsletter – 27 August 2020

Free Laptops & Pedagogy & Office Space, Oh My! “The only effective answer to organized greed is organized labor.” ―Thomas Donahue, Report to the AFL-CIO Convention Do you need a laptop or hotspot for work? Guess what? KU is legally obligated to supply everything we need to for our workas GTAs – including a computer and Internet! To accessContinue reading “GTAC Newsletter – 27 August 2020”