GET-UP/AFT, Rutgers AAUP-AFT, and TUGSA/AFT are proud to announce the dates for the 15th annual CGEU conference, which will be held in Philadelphia on August 11-13, 2006.
We plan to build on the successes of past conferences but also to engage new challenges with this year's conference. Over the past year, the CGEU has engaged in unprecedented actions of solidarity and has moved toward greater coherency as a sector of the U.S. labor movement. In that spirit, this year's conference will host panels that will move us farther toward a national and North American agenda to achieve workplace, pay, and benefit standards for graduate labor. As members of powerful labor unions across North America, we should all seek the benefit of their organizing expertise to conceive our agenda and implement it. We plan to invite union experts in bargaining, media relations, corporate campaigns, labor law, etc. to share their knowledge with us. But we will not be passive learners, for we expect to these experts to take a better understanding of the grad. union movement agenda back to their respective unions. We will also invite the leaders of our respective unions to either attend the conference or to send a high-level representative in their stead, with the intention being to engage in a inter-union dialogue about how assets can be deployed best to assist the CGEU agenda.
More details to follow...Please mark your calendars now and plan on coming to Philadelphia the second weekend in August! We're very much looking forward to seeing you.
The Coalition of Graduate Employee Unions is a loose-knit coalition of labor unions in the USA and Canada that represents graduate students employed as teachers, researchers, and administrative staff.