Stand Up for Graduate Student Employees (SUGSE) has fought for graduate-worker rights and protections at Brown University since 2014. As researchers, teachers, and mentors at Brown, graduate workers are vital to the everyday working of the university. SUGSE is organizing a union in order to participate as equal partners in the decisions that affect our lives. Through collective bargaining and collective action, we will advocate for the needs of a diverse student body, fight against discrimination in all its forms, and nurture a caring community that supports the personal and professional lives of all student workers.

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Mid-Summer Bargaining Update – July 15, 2019

We hope you are having a lovely summer! We have been fighting for your contract since this spring, and we wanted to catch you up on our progress. So far, we have presented proposals that would guarantee additional protections against discrimination and harassment, provide additional support for parents and international graduate workers, encourage clarity and … Continue reading Mid-Summer Bargaining Update – July 15, 2019

Read SUGSE’s opening statement for the first day of bargaining!

Today marks an exciting point in our campaign: four months after our successful election in November, we met with admin for our first bargaining session. We’re bargaining because #OurWorkHasVALUE.   Opening Statement   Kaity In 2018, a majority of Brown University graduate workers voted to form a Union. While the University has legally respected this … Continue reading Read SUGSE’s opening statement for the first day of bargaining!

Nomination period extended – Join the Bargaining Committee!

The deadline to nominate people for the Bargaining Committee (BC) has been extended to Tuesday, February 26 at 5pm! Email standupforgrads@gmail.com with the name and department of you or someone you know who wants to run for the BC.  Online ballot links will be emailed to all members on Wednesday, February 27. See this updated election … Continue reading Nomination period extended – Join the Bargaining Committee!

Make your voice heard—join the Bargaining Committee!

Today we got one step closer to a fair contract: we announced the procedure to elect a bargaining committee. See our election announcement, or below, for more information on how to get involved and represent your fellow grad workers. We need you!     Bargaining Committee Election Announcement The Bargaining Committee (BC) is an elected group … Continue reading Make your voice heard—join the Bargaining Committee!

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