Media Statement – 27 July 2020

“More in sorrow than anger,” GTA Union Files Labor Charges Against University of Kansas Admin — Last spring, the Graduate Teaching Assistants Coalition, AFT Local 6403, a union of over a thousand graduate teachers responsible for teaching almost half of all undergraduate courses at the University of Kansas, reached out to new Provost Barbara BichelmeyerContinue reading “Media Statement – 27 July 2020”

What is Work?

What counts as work?The United States Supreme Court defines work as all time spent in “physical or mental exertion (whether burdensome or not) controlled or required by the employer and pursued necessarily and primarily for the benefit of the employer.” (Tennessee Coal, Iron & Railroad Co. v. Muscoda Local No. 123, 321 U. S. 590 (1944)) What if I’m notContinue reading “What is Work?”

Open Response to Mike Leitch

Mike Leitch is an attorney in the Office of General Counsel. He is paid $12,500.00 per month to act as the in-house bully for the University of Kansas. His specialty is saying legal-sounding things to intimidate workers. Wed 6/24/2020 5:55 PMFrom: Leitch, Michael <mleitch@ku.edu>To: Rose WelchCc: Rounds, Mike <m528r913@ku.edu>; Thornton, Julie A. <julie.thornton@ku.edu> Rose WelchAFT-Kansas/GTAC ————————————- DearContinue reading “Open Response to Mike Leitch”

Second Open Response to Mike Leitch

Mike Leitch is an attorney in the Office of General Counsel. He is paid $12,500.00 per month to act as the in-house bully for the University of Kansas. His specialty is saying legal-sounding things to intimidate workers. Wed 7/15/2020 9:58 AMFrom: Leitch, Michael <mleitch@ku.edu>To: Rose WelchCc: Brian Wood <REDACTED>; Thornton, Julie A. <julie.thornton@ku.edu> Rose WelchAFT-Kansas/GTAC ————————————- DearContinue reading “Second Open Response to Mike Leitch”

KU Admin Must Join GTAC in the Fight Against ICE

Yesterday morning, KU Chancellor Doug Girod reacted to the proposed International student rule change by sending an internal KU email calling this proposed policy “misguided and deeply cruel”. While we appreciate his sentiment, we have found that no problem has ever been solved by sentiment alone. While Girod’s denouncement of this proposed rule change toContinue reading “KU Admin Must Join GTAC in the Fight Against ICE”

KU Emails Simply Don’t Make Sense

We’ve reviewed a recent communication from KU Provost Barb Bichelmeyer and well… there’s a lot to unpack here. But we don’t have time for all of that, so let us highlight some of the fallacies. “As you assign instructional modes to your courses, please consider that your decisions ultimately determine whether our international students willContinue reading “KU Emails Simply Don’t Make Sense”

Steering Committee

Article V.        Duties of Standing Committees The chair of each standing committee shall preside over all committee meetings, including setting the agenda, providing notice to all members, reporting on business to the Steering Committee, ensuring that appropriate records are kept, supervise and coordinate the work of members, and otherwise supervise and participate in committee business.Continue reading “Steering Committee”