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.
We are continuing to fight for your contract this semester, and we have some serious news to share. On Tuesday, we reached a Tentative Agreement (TA) on our grievance procedure. This proposal will offer graduate workers the means with which to address systemic insufficiences relating to our working conditions, appointments, and other aspects of the … Continue reading Update on NLRB and Bargaining
The school year is just beginning, but as graduate teaching and research assistants, we haven’t stopped working hard for the University—in fact, many of us took home a reduced paycheck for the summer season, without any reduction in our workload. As the new semester begins, SUGSE needs to take stock of the progress we’ve made and put … Continue reading September SUGSE General Membership Meeting
We hope you’re having a wonderful Labor Day weekend! We, your Bargaining Committee, are writing to give you an update after our bargaining session this past Friday, August 30th. At this point in the bargaining process, we are beginning to get responses from the University to our proposals. This last session focused on their response … Continue reading We need stronger protections
We hope you are enjoying the final month of summer! We, your Bargaining Committee, are writing to give you an update after Tuesday’s bargaining session. During this session, we continued our conversation with administration about healthcare. We wrote our proposal using the feedback you gave us through the survey and through hundreds of conversations. You told … Continue reading We need better healthcare coverage