GSEU News

GSEU Information:

Be sure to visit our other website at http://www.cwa1104gseu.com, as well as our Facebook page (“UB and Binghamton University,Graduate Student Employees Union”).

Contract Negotiations:

The GSEU’s current labor contract expired on July 1, 2016.  On Thursday, May 5, 2016, the GSEU started negotiations with New York State for a new labor contract.  We will be sending updates on our listserv about the negotiations, so be sure to check your e-mail.  You can also check this page, our other website (www.cwa1104gseu.com) and our facebook page for updates.  If you have any questions, contact any of the GSEU officers.

Fee Payment Testimonials for Contract Negotiations:

Our contract negotiations with New York State began on May 5th, and we’d like your input. Specifically, we’re looking for testimonials from GSEU members about the impact that student fees have on your finances. We’re tired of having to pay fees to our employer, so if you have a horror story to share, we’d love to hear it (and bring it with us to the bargaining table).  Please send your testimonials to Business Agent Juhi Roy (juhiroy@gmail.com).

TA/GA Office Space:

Recently, TAs in several departments have lost or been forced to consolidate their office space so that UB’s ever-expanding administration can have more space of its own.  Cramming more of us into fewer offices — or even doing away with real TA offices entirely — makes it harder for us to do our jobs.  The GSEU is investigating this situation and strategizing ways to defend what limited office space we have left.  Have you heard about any plans to alter the TA office situation in your department?  If so, let one of your union officers know!

Changes to UB’s Undergraduate General Education Requirements:

UB is in the process of changing the general education program for undergraduate students, with the new program being fully implemented with the incoming freshmen class this fall semester.  The current general education program will be (almost) completely eliminated after the 2018 spring semester .  Information about the new program can be accessed at http://www.buffalo.edu/ubcurriculum.html.  In our meetings with UB officials, as well as in reports provided to the public, it has been stated that there are no planned reductions in the number of TA lines that are connected to undergraduate general education courses.  However, it is important to note that it is not clear what this new curriculum will mean for TA and GA lines connected to general education courses given the program calls for the elimination of World Civilization I and II, and ENG 201, and has yet to be implemented.  Furthermore, it not yet clear what this new curriculum will mean for TA and GA working conditions.  If you notice any developments in your department that may stem from the new general education program, please contact us with that information.  We will be sure to keep everyone updated with new information as we get it.