We are CU's independent labor union for graduate employees. We have been described as "the most impressive effort" in decades to organize CU's graduate workers in this front page story in the Daily Camera and Denver Post. We are a rank-and-file union run entirely by volunteer graduate workers and direct democracy of our members.
Graduate employees (such as TAs, RAs, and GPTIs) perform a great portion of academic labor that is fundamental to CU-Boulder's statutory mission to be a world-class research and education university.
Despite our labor, we face many struggles as university employees, ranging from insufficient wages to hostile social environments at work.
We envision and actively pursue a fair, inclusive, and democratic campus for all.
CU-Boulder pays its graduate employees approximately 58% of regional self-sufficiency wage, after required fees and supplies.
We demand a self-sufficient wage and accurate regional cost of living adjustment.
CU-Boulder's graduate employees often receive less than full funding, even while performing work comparable to their fully-funded peers.
We demand full tuition and fees remission for all graduate employees.
CU Boulder delayed and censored the Graduate Student Social Climate Survey, obstructing efforts to better include underrepresented populations.
We demand transparency about all findings of how our campus can improve.
Since our formation in late Spring 2016, the CRC has…
- Sparked a vigorous campaign to waive student fees for graduate employees and organized a mass walkout around the issue (coverage including this front page story, the Colorado Independent, Colorado Public Radio, and Washington Post)
- Secured a 19.8% raise for TAs since the CRC started in 2016 (front page story)
- Won transparency on the 2014 Graduate Student Social Climate survey (front page story), holding admin accountable for unreasonable delay and dishonesty around it
- Helped our members win thousands of dollars of overdue wages, in consultation with an employment lawyer, and developed a web app to streamline the process of initiating the legal process to recover stolen wages at CU
- Researched how our benefits compare to other universities, found that we're the only Pac-12 university that fails to provide any paid parental leave (front page story)
- Earned unanimous support from the Boulder Faculty Assembly faculty support (pdf document) that calls for "even more decisive, aggressive, and rapid action" to meet the local living wage standard
- Continued escalating the living wage and social climate issues to the attention of the Regents of the CU system
- Met with Dean Schmiesing, Provost Moore, and Chief Financial Officer Fox to communicate the gravity of our issues
- Initiated communication with, and won support from, numerous state legislators, public officials, and labor leaders
- Incorporated and registered as a non-profit organization to help secure a strong and independent union with legal standing to sign and enforce a legally-binding collective bargaining agreement to protect our wins
We’re just getting started! We hope you’ll join us in continuing to improve conditions for CU Boulder graduate workers. We are an entirely volunteer-run organization, and we depend on you to get involved.