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We are graduate teachers standing together for fair pay, adequate healthcare, and respect for our work at the University of Kansas. We are GTAC Local 6403. When we stand together, we in! Join us at tinyurl.com/JoinGTAC
Workers Picket in San Diego, CA – November, 2022. Photo courtesy of Fair UC Now. Friday, November 25, 2022 Lawrence, KS – The KU graduate employee union stands in solidarity with the four bargaining units of precarious and contingent academic workers on strike at the University of California. Public agencies have a special obligation toContinue reading “UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS GRADUATE EMPLOYEE UNION STANDS IN SOLIDARITY WITH UC STRIKE”
November 10, 2022 The Graduate Teaching Assistants Coalition (GTAC AFT-Local 6403) is in solidarity with all Indigenous students, employees, and communities who are affected by the University of Kansas holding Indigenous human remains and funerary items. It is the responsibility of the university as an institution of knowledge, a public entity, and a community ofContinue reading “GTAC CONDEMNS KU HOLDING INDIGENOUS ANCESTRAL REMAINS ON CAMPUS”
KU GRADUATE STUDENT UNION VOTES TO RATIFY NEW CONTRACT AFTER YEARS OF NEGOTIATIONS WITH UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATION
September 16, 2022 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Lawrence, Kansas – On Wednesday, September 7, 2022, rank-and-file members of the Graduate Teaching Association Coalition (GTAC) AFT Local 6403 voted to ratify a new contract with the University of Kansas. This ratification concludes a rocky, years-long negotiations process between the GTA union and KU administration that first commencedContinue reading “KU GRADUATE STUDENT UNION VOTES TO RATIFY NEW CONTRACT AFTER YEARS OF NEGOTIATIONS WITH UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATION”
Agenda Officer reports Negotiations update Organizing update Announcements Minutes All executive board present.Finance: balance presented to membersSecretary: Nothing newPolitical: Update on negotiations – 30+ sessions in total. What presenting new contract will entail. Exec-board takes neutral stance – we can’t recommend that people vote against it, but it isn’t what we fought for. *Grievance: *Communications:*Organizing:*President: *Zoom audioContinue reading “General Meeting Minutes – November 16, 2021”
Agenda Welcome Officer reports Negotiations update Organizing update Listening session Announcements Minutes All e-board present Officer report – Pres – busy as usual Political – nothing outside of negotiations Economic – just over $1,000 in our account Comms – overhaul on website finally coming to an end Grievance – nothing new Secretary – Unit execContinue reading “General Meeting Minutes – October 19, 2021”
Agenda: 7:00-7:15 Welcome / Introductions 7:15-7:30 Summer Update and Goals (Board Member) and Contract Negotiations Update (Zach) 7:30-7:40 Questions 7:40-8:00 Break Out Rooms New Member Info Session (AK & ?) Organizing Grievance/Steward Comms Political / Contract Minutes Present: All Exec board members Updates carried out – (Zach Madison) Contract negotiations going for over a year,Continue reading “General Meeting Minutes – September 14, 2021”
On February 18, 2022, a fact finding hearing was held between GTAC’s negotiations team and KU administration. This was the result of an impasse that followed GTAC membership’s rejection of the proposed contract by a vote on Thursday, December 2, 2021. The Kansas Department of Labor impartial, neutral fact finder has ruled in favor ofContinue reading “Fact Finder Rules in Favor of Wage Increases for KU GTAs”
GTAC emailed the following statement to GTAs at KU on Monday, March 7, 2022: Dear fellow GTAs, On February 17, 2022, a KC Star article revealed allegations of a culture of abuse within the Mechanical Engineering Department of the School of Engineering. This culture enabled an abuser to evade consequences, endangered the victim as they were forcedContinue reading “GTAC Stands in Solidarity with the Anonymous Members of the Mechanical Engineering Department”
On Thursday, December 7, 2021, the following email was sent to all GTAs at KU regarding the recent contract ratification vote: Dear fellow GTAs: On Thursday, December 2, 2021, GTAC held a ratification vote for the proposed GTA contract. Thank you to all who attended, asked questions, and raised concerns during this meeting. After overContinue reading “Proposed Contract Rejected by Membership Vote”
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