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Solidarity Statements

November 13, 2009

Departments which have issued solidarity statements:

English
History
Gender and Women’s Studies
Asian American Studies
Center for African Studies
American Indian Studies/Native American House
Media and Cinema Studies
Institute of Communications Research
Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities
Urbana Theological Seminary

African American Studies

We, the Advisory Committee of the Center for African Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in continuity with ongoing support of graduate students, call upon the university administration to bargain in good faith with the Graduate Employees Organization and agree to a contract along the lines that the Graduate Employees Organization has proposed. We believe that agreeing to such a contract is essential to maintaining and improving undergraduate and graduate education, that it can improve conditions for graduate students, undergraduate students, and faculty, and that it can help the university attract and retain outstanding graduate students. Because graduate workers are indispensable to the core missions of the university, we express our support for the Graduate Employees Organization, including our support for the right of graduate employees to participate in a lawful work action without retaliation.

English Department

English Professors Support Graduate Employees Organization at University of
Illinois

We, the faculty of the Department of English at the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in continuity with resolutions we have
passed in previous years, call upon the university administration to
bargain in good faith with the Graduate Employees Organization and
agree to a contract along the lines that the Graduate Employees
Organization has proposed, including the provision for a living wage
.
We believe that agreeing to such a contract is essential to
maintaining and improving undergraduate and graduate education, that
it can improve conditions for graduate students, undergraduate
students, and faculty, and that it can help the university
attract and
retain outstanding graduate students. Because graduate workers are
indispensable to the core missions of the university
, we express our
support for the Graduate Employees Organization, including our support
for the right of graduate employees to participate in a lawful work
action without retaliation.

Women’s and Gender Studies Department

The Gender and Women’s Studies Program of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign strongly supports the Graduate Employees’ Organization, American Federation of Teachers Local 6300, AFL-CIO’s legal right to strike. We recognize that graduate students are vital to the health and culture of our program: we employ graduate students as teaching and research assistants, we house a university-wide graduate minor, and we supervise cutting-edge graduate student research. Everyday we see evidence that the labor that graduate employees perform as both students and workers for the University at large enhances undergraduate education, facilitates faculty research, and improves the overall quality of intellectual production on campus. While we understand that the University is engaged in the difficult task of maintaining a working budget in tough economic times, reducing support for graduate labor, scholarships, and other funding sources will be detrimental to the University and the state of Illinois in the long term. Because graduate students perform a significant percentage of the teaching labor on campus, decreasing their wages, their access to healthcare, or increasing their workloads will have an immediate negative effect on the quality of education at the University. Additionally, our ability to attract the best graduate students to our campus has only increased the prestige of the University, earning us a reputation for excellence that should be nurtured rather than abandoned for economic expediency.

The Gender and Women’s Studies program does not support the deleterious restructuring of educational labor as fluid and disposable, and we strongly encourage the University of Illinois to recognize our graduate student employees as critical to the University’s public mission of providing affordable, quality higher education. We urge the University to support the fair employment of graduate student workers on campus and to bargain in good faith with the representatives of the GEO.

Linguistics Department

“We, the members of the Advisory Committee of the Linguistics Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, urge the university administration and the Graduate Employee Organization to negotiate in good faith and agree to a contract that is fair, and acceptable to both sides.

We value the service that the graduate assistants provide and we respect their decision to pursue the avenues that are legally available to them without fear of retaliation.”

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