GTAC Questions for KU – Fall 2020

Have you ever wondered how much KU spends on outside consultants? The actual results from the surveys that admins love to vaguely reference? How many International GTAs are employed at our University? Now is the time to get our questions answered! GTAC is compiling our largest ever KORA submission with the most requested information. PleaseContinue reading “GTAC Questions for KU – Fall 2020”

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”

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”

Email to GTAs, All KU Workers – 30 June 2020

Click here to see the memo as hosted on the official University of Kansas website. From: Barbara A. Bichelmeyer, Provost & Executive Vice ChancellorSent: Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 11:41 a.m.To: KU Lawrence All Staff, Faculty and Affiliates KU Graduate Teaching Assistants KU Graduate Research Assistants KU Graduate Assistants This message pertains primarily to those in instructional roles. AdditionalContinue reading “Email to GTAs, All KU Workers – 30 June 2020”

Email to Provost – 24 June 2020

SUBJ: 5pm Meeting link? Hello Barb! Regarding your 5pm meeting today: It is our understanding that your agenda includes GTA-related topics. Unfortunately, GTAC President Neill Kennedy is dealing with another covid-related death in the family this week. If an invitation was sent to her, please accept our apologies and forward this information to me as soonContinue reading “Email to Provost – 24 June 2020”

Online Teaching Default Email – 23 June 2020

SUBJ: GTA Online Teaching Default for Fall 2020 Dear Dr. [NAME], As the business agent for the Graduate Teaching Assistants Coalition, AFT Local 6403, I’d like to begin by expressing my sympathy regarding the many confusing communications from our administration regarding unilateral changes to Fall 2020 working conditions. As we move through this unprecedented situation,Continue reading “Online Teaching Default Email – 23 June 2020”

GTAC Event Schedule – 22 June 2020

GTAs are not disposable. Join us as we fight for our lives. Dear comrades, It’s been a wild ride at the University of Kansas since we got new provost and a worldwide pandemic in the same week – both with disastrous results. As Covid-19 rolls across the world, with disproportionate fatalities among Black and Indigenous people, itContinue reading “GTAC Event Schedule – 22 June 2020”