Illinois State University Graduate Workers File for a Union

At one of more than 600 actions nationwide declaring the strength of working people

Illinois State University Grad Assistants Celebrate Union-building Milestones

NORMAL, IL – Graduate assistants together with community allies celebrated their union-organizing achievements at a rally at noon on Monday outside Schroeder Hall, 403 W. College Ave.  The group’s accomplishments include strong endorsements from gubernatorial candidates JB Pritzker and Daniel Biss, who declared their support for the graduate assistants union campaign through letters and tweets and pledged to expand union rights to research assistants if elected.

In December, a proposal in the Republican tax bill to tax stipends was defeated after graduate assistants rallied locally and one ISU graduate assistant was arrested outside Paul Ryan’s office in Washington, DC, along with grads from across the country during a peaceful protest.

The rally, held today, was one of more than 600 actions in 27 states planned as the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Janus v. ASFCME, a lawsuit driven by anti-worker CEOs and billionaires attempting to divide working people and limit their power in numbers. Tens of thousands of people at rallies, marches and workplace events will send a clear message that working people won’t be deterred from joining together in unions for good jobs and strong communities.