Coalition of Graduate Workers

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First General Membership Meeting — September 6, 2018

First General Membership Meeting

The Coalition of Graduate Workers will be holding the first General Membership Assembly (GA) of the 2018-2019 school year on September 15th at 1:00 PM in Swallow Hall room 101.
We have to adopt a new constitution to govern the union so this is an important meeting to attend!
All members can and are encouraged to attend. You can even join CGW at the meeting and attend with full voting rights. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

You can find the full agenda for the GA here.

This GA will be both informative with pressing issues, and productive:

  1. We hope to have two visitors from MNEA explain:
    • A new state law which has major ramifications on how public sector unions function, organize, and bargain, and why we have to adopt a constitution.
    • the appeals process for our lawsuit against the university.
  2. We will also be reviewing and adopting our new Constitution and revised Bylaws which can be viewed through the link.
    • Due to HB1413 all public sector unions have to adopt a constitution, therefore we had to reorganize our Bylaws into a Constitution and Bylaws. All bold red sections are new additions or a change in wording. Otherwise, only the order of the sections has changed.
  3. We will also be working on forming important committees.

We won the lawsuit! Now we continue to work and continue to win! To that end, we need to organize so please come to this important GA.

In Solidarity,
Simona Simkins
Michael Vierling

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General Membership Meeting, 5/5/18 — April 21, 2018

General Membership Meeting, 5/5/18

CGW will hold a General Membership Meeting on May 5th, 2018, at 10:00 AM in Swallow Hall 101. The meeting is scheduled to last until 12:00 PM. The agenda can be found here. A full packet containing officer reports and other meeting materials will be provided to members via email on April 28th and on paper at the meeting. If you have other business you would like added to the agenda, please contact the chairs with your request by Thursday, April 26th.

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Standing with our attorneys after presenting our case against the University of Missouri Board of Curators.

We have two main points of business at this meeting: first, to review our spring escalation campaign leading up to the court hearing on April 20th, and second, to elect the 2018-19 Coordinating Committee. Nominations can be made either from the floor or (preferably!) via email to Zach Rubin, the ex officio Chair of the Nominations and Elections Committee. Please provide the name of the person you are nominating and the office for which you are nominating them. Self-nominations are welcomed.

The following officers will be elected at this meeting:

      1. Co-Chair (one two-year term)
      2. Organizing and Grievance Officer
      3. Financial Officer
      4. Corresponding and Recording Officer
      5. Outreach Officer
      6. Diversity Officer
      7. International Student Affairs Officer

Descriptions of the officer positions can be found in our Bylaws.

As always, we will have breakfast before the meeting!

We are committed to making our meetings as open and accessible as possible. Children are welcome. Let us know if you have any dietary or accessibly needs that we can meet, and please contact us with your questions. We look forward to seeing you!

In solidarity,

Simona Simkins and Eric Scott, Co-Chairs

General Membership Meeting, 2/17/18 — February 3, 2018

General Membership Meeting, 2/17/18

CGW will hold a General Membership Meeting on February 17th, 2018, at 10 AM in Swallow Hall 101. The meeting is scheduled to last until 11:30 AM. The agenda can be found here.

Of note, at this meeting we have requested that a representative from our attorneys appear to answer questions from our members about our lawsuit against the university. Richard von Glahn from our partners at Missouri Jobs with Justice will be there to tell us about the CLEAN and Raise Up Missouri campaigns. Finally, we will plan our spring campaign of actions leading up to our court hearing on April 20th.

As always, we will have breakfast before the meeting!

We are committed to making our meetings as open and accessible as possible. Children are welcome. Please let us know if you have any dietary or accessibly needs that we can meet.

Please contacts us (chairs@cgwmissouri.org) with your questions. We look forward to seeing you!

In solidarity,

Simona Simkins and Eric Scott

Co-Chairs

CGW General Membership Meeting, 9/23/17 — September 9, 2017

CGW General Membership Meeting, 9/23/17

This is a notice that CGW will hold its first General Membership Meeting of the semester on Saturday, September 23rd, at 10 AM in Tate Hall 022 (otherwise known as Tate Auditorium.) We anticipate the meeting will be finished by 11:30 AM.

We’re covering a few things at this meeting. In addition to reports from your officers, we will elect our representatives to the MNEA Representative Assembly, discuss the accessibility of the general membership meetings, and have a breakout session facilitated by our co-chair, Simona Simkins.

The agenda is available here.

All CGW members are strongly encouraged to attend the General Membership meeting. CGW is a democratic, member-driven organization, and the General Membership meeting is one of the cornerstones of that effort. The Coordinating Committee is focusing on making the General Membership meetings more engaging and useful to our members this year, and we would appreciate any ideas or feedback you might have.

Refreshments will be provided. As always, we welcome and encourage members with children to bring them to the meeting.

3rd Annual Rally for Graduate Rights — August 13, 2017

3rd Annual Rally for Graduate Rights

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The Coalition of Graduate Workers invites you to our third annual Rally for Graduate Rights! Every year we kick off the fall semester with a reaffirmation of our principles and a rededication to organizing the MU community. As our University faces unprecedented budget challenges, it’s now more important than ever for graduate workers and their allies to show up, ready to work for a better Mizzou.

Wear red! (We’ll have CGW t-shirts at the event if you don’t have one.) And bring creative signs!

The march route and speakers will be posted as we get closer to the rally.

INVITE AND SHARE WIDELY, especially to new graduate students! This event is open to all members of the MU and Columbia community.

General Assembly Notice, 4/29/17 — April 15, 2017

General Assembly Notice, 4/29/17

The Coalition of Graduate Workers will hold its second and final General Assembly meeting of the semester on Saturday, April 29th, at 11:00 AM in Swallow Hall 101. The meeting is scheduled to conclude by 1:00 PM. Refreshments will be provided.

A full agenda will go out by Saturday, April 22nd. The meeting will include:
-Officer elections for the 2017-2018 membership year.
-GA approval of next year’s dues structure.
-Bylaws revisions.
-Updates on the lawsuit against the university, the university budget, and the status of CGW’s ongoing issue campaigns.

Please nominate candidates for office! Send all nominations to chairs@cgwmissouri.org. Candidates for office must be dues-paying members in good standing.

The following offices are up for election:
-Co-Chair (one two-year term)
-Organizing and Greivance Officer
-Outreach Officer
-Corresponding and Recording Officer
-Financial Officer
-Diversity Officer
-International Student Affairs Officer

For any questions, please contact the chairs, Sarah Senff and Eric Scott, at chairs@cgwmissouri.org.

In solidarity,

-Sarah and Eric

CGW Calls for International Student Protections — January 29, 2017

CGW Calls for International Student Protections

Earlier today, the Coordinating Committee of the Coalition of Graduate Workers sent the following letter to Interim Chancellor Hank Foley of the University of Missouri – Columbia, calling for him to take immediate action regarding President Donald Trump’s January 27th executive order.

 

January 29, 2017

 

Henry C. Foley

Interim Chancellor

105 Jesse Hall

University of Missouri – Columbia

Columbia, MO 65211

 

Coordinating Committee

Coalition of Graduate Workers

PO Box 10265

511 E Walnut St

Columbia, MO 65201

 

Dear Interim Chancellor Foley:

In light of President Trump’s January 27th executive order restricting travel from seven primarily-Muslim countries, we, the Coordinating Committee of the Coalition of Graduate Workers, call upon your administration to take immediate action to protect the well-being and security of international students on the University of Missouri – Columbia campus, especially those graduate student employees from the affected countries of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen.

As reported by the New York Times, travelers from the aforementioned countries are already being detained upon entry into the United States, even after securing visas or permanent resident status following an exhaustive vetting process. There is no reason to expect any better treatment for our international students. While we agree that emotional support for our colleagues is important, as was stated in the recent communication from Assistant Vice Provost Jeni Hart, our University also needs to take definitive measures in the defense of its international student community.

Therefore, we call upon you, at a minimum, to issue the following guarantees:

  • That all international student employees shall be informed of their legal rights, including the University’s legal obligations towards them;
  • That the University shall uphold its legal responsibilities in maintaining the continued valid visa status of affected students;
  • That no international student shall face a financial or academic penalty, such as a loss of student status, due to their inability to re-enter the United States as a result of this executive order;
  • That no international graduate student employee shall face a loss of assistantship, fellowship, or other MU-provided financial aid or compensation due to their inability to re-enter the United States as a result of this executive order;
  • That no funding or lab positions shall be cut as a result of visa difficulties resulting from this executive order;
  • That all faculty and staff affected by this ruling shall also have their continued employment protected, and that the tenure process for untenured tenure-track faculty shall not be negatively affected by this executive order;
  • And that the Chancellor’s Office will issue a public statement of support for affected international students, staff, and faculty, including the aforementioned guarantees.

In short, no international graduate student employee should fear a penalty to their academic career as a result of the short-sighted policies of the current federal administration. The same should hold true for other affected University faculty, staff, and students.

We look forward to your speedy response to this letter, and wish to offer your administration any assistance we may be able to render in serving the needs of our international student colleagues.

Sincerely,

 

Coordinating Committee of the Coalition of Graduate Workers

Eric Scott, Chair

Mikkel Soelberg Christensen, International Student Affairs Officer

Julien Grayer, Diversity Officer

Joseph Moore, Outreach Officer

Eric Rowse, Financial Officer

Sarah Lirley McCune, Corresponding and Recording Officer

Sarah Senff, Organizing and Grievance Officer

 

CC:

Rachel Bauer, President, Graduate Professional Council

Zakaria El-Tayash, President, Muslim Student Association

Jeni Hart, Assistant Vice Provost for Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs

Omid Kamran-Disfani, President, Iranian Student Organization

Leona Rubin, Associate Vice Chancellor for Graduate Studies

James K. Scott, Director of the MU International Center

Ben Trachtenberg, Chair, Faculty Council

General Membership Assembly Notice — November 25, 2016
General Membership Assembly Notice — September 10, 2016

General Membership Assembly Notice

The Coalition of Graduate Workers will hold its first General Membership Assembly of the 2016-17 academic year on Saturday, September 24th, at 10:30 AM in Swallow Hall 101.

All graduate student employees are encouraged to attend. Voting is reserved to dues-paying local members.

The meeting agenda and supplementary materials are linked as follows:

In solidarity,

Connor Lewis and Eric Scott

Co-Chairs, Coalition of Graduate Workers

chairs@cgwmissouri.org