GSU discusses unionizing

The talk, which focused on the recent Chicago Teachers’ Union strike, was the first in a series.

By Madhu Srikantha

Graduate Students United (GSU) hosted a presentation and discussion yesterday entitled “Building Power From the Bottom Up: Grassroots Democracy and Union Power at UChicago after the CTU Strike” as the first part of their discussion series, “The University Chicago Deserves.”

In attendance were members of GSU, National Nurses United, and the two panelists, Al Ramirez, a co-founder of the Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE), the organization that spearheaded the Chicago Teachers Union strike this past September, and Kim Bowsky, an active member of CORE, who led the discussion on building effective organizations.

Graduate Students United is currently waiting on a ruling by the National Labor Relations Board regarding the status of graduate unions. Kahle said they expect to know the outcome by this upcoming January or February.

The discussion series will continue next quarter at their January meeting with the intent of bringing together graduate students who wish to unionize by discussing methods of organization and communication.