We welcome anyone who wants to get involved in the union. All members are welcome to attend our meetings at any time, but there are several ways to get even more involved. Click to expand headings below!
Represent your colleagues
Become a volunteer Steward
Stewards are the backbone of the union and the first point of contact for members when something goes wrong. You may find that serving as a “volunteer steward” in the Assembly provides the best way for you to get involved. Anyone can learn how to advocate for and represent their fellow members! Volunteer stewards receive workplace grievance training—8 hrs spread over two days, offered several times a year— so they can best serve their comrades at work, handling potential grievances that arise. The time commitment for this role is variable, depending on how many grievances are active. They are encouraged but not required to attend Assembly of Steward meetings as non-voting members. Contact us for more information.
Join the Assembly
The GSOC Assembly of Stewards (AoS) is made up of both elected and un-elected members of the bargaining unit. It is the locus for contract enforcement, as well as the chief legislative body of GSOC, where we meet to debate and decide on key policies and initiatives for the unit.
The AoS meets once a month and is eager to include rank and file members in the proceedings. We hope you’ll join us and add your voice to the debate!
Voting members of the AoS are composed of elected Stewards. Elections for open seats occur at least annually in the spring, and open seats may be filled on an interim basis throughout the year. Contact us if you’re interested in learning more!
Join a committee
Most of the work in GSOC gets done by our standing committees. Participation in committees is open to all throughout the year, and we welcome your assistance whenever you have the time. Each of the committees has a blurb below; feel free to contact the chairs for information on jumping in, or check our calendar for upcoming meetings.
Help shape your union by joining the Bylaws Committee! Our task is to craft internal governing rules for our union based on grad student input to be voted on by the full union membership in the Fall. Our committee will collectively research other grad worker unions’ by-laws, reach out to membership for input on internal governance structures, draft and revise by-laws based on member feedback, and coordinate with UAW representatives to ensure constitutionality.
We are the Communications Committee! We maintain social media, write member emails and newsletters, archive our news, and coordinate among the press and our allies. Our work is a combination of on-going grind and long- and short-term projects. This summer we’re redesigning the website, developing a social media team, and transitioning communication structures. We welcome the contributions of members and their unique talents in helping us design, distribute, and author works that inform and energize our membership.
The Contract Enforcement Committee identifies and addresses violations of our new contract, including grievances affecting both individuals and the membership at large. Our current priorities include the implementation of promised retroactive bonuses and dependent care, and preparation for membership education in the Fall.
Contact: Darach Miller (GSAS Biology, email@example.com)
We are the Political Solidarity Committee. We support and liaise with social justice organizing efforts at NYU, in the broader labor movement, and throughout New York City. This includes direct communication with other student groups, participating in citywide organizing coalitions, drafting letters of support and proposing resolutions to be ratified by the Assembly of Stewards or membership, coordinating GSOC participation in protests and forums, and generally making sure we are active fighters in the city’s struggles for social, economic, environmental and racial justice.
Contact: Michelle O’Brien (GSAS Sociology, firstname.lastname@example.org), Ziad Dallal (GSAS Comp Lit, email@example.com)
We are the Organizing Committee! Our job is to build a strong union presence, keep the union mobilized, and work towards maximum union participation. This year, we will focus on signing up new members and work to develop leadership in departments across NYU. We hope to build a strong network of volunteer stewards and department contacts, who will help enforce the new contract. We will also organize any issue campaigns that GSOC collectively decides to undertake.
Contact: Ella Wind (GSAS Sociology, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Volunteer your time
Our union exists to help our members, but it also relies on member help to mobilize around particular campaigns, as well as to keep the day-to-day operations of the unit running smoothly. Our spare time can ebb and flow dramatically over the course of our studies. If you still want to help out and keep up to date with the union’s efforts but aren’t ready for one of the commitments above, we would still love to have your support: sign up to be a Casual Volunteer. We’ve started a mailing list, and whenever a few extra hands or minds are needed for odd jobs or big projects, we’ll send out a call.