Get Involved

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How do I join the union?

The best way to join CGW is to contact us directly, either by email or through our Facebook page. We’ll be happy to meet with you and get you signed up directly, and it’s also a great opportunity for you to ask one of our organizers about member benefits, ways to get involved in the union, or any other questions you might have.

You can also join CGW through our state affiliate, the Missouri National Education Association. The membership form can be found here – just print it off, fill it out, and send it to:

Missouri NEA
1810 E Elm Street
Jefferson City , MO 65101

On the form, fill out “Coalition of Graduate Workers” as your local association, “University of Missouri – Columbia” as your employer, and list your department under “Teacher/Subject Area.” In the upper-righthand corner, you’ll find the box to list dues information. In “Membership Type,” write “Full.” In “NEA/MNEA,” put $90.00. In “Local,” put $36.00. Read through the shaded box regarding the Ballot Issue Crisis Fund and the Political Action Fund. Then add in your payment information at the bottom and you’re good to go!

(But really, send us an email – we’d love to sit down and talk with you!)

How else can I support CGW?

1) Wear red every week for #RedWednesday! Ever since the first Rally for Graduate Rights in 2015, red has been the color of our movement. It started out just standing for grads, but since then, our red shirts have come to stand for public education, employee protections, and support for vulnerable populations. Need a red t-shirt? Let us know and we’ll send you one!

2) Follow us on social media! Our Facebook and Twitter provide important updates (and snarky commentary) on the state of our union, our university, and our state politics that will keep you informed. If you’re a graduate student, join the Forum on Graduate Rights forum for discussion of issues specific to graduate students at MU.

3) Attend our events! Every Fall semester CGW holds the Rally for Graduate Rights in Traditions Plaza to welcome our members and allies back to campus and introduce new graduate workers to the union. Every May we hold the May Day Picnic in Peace Park to celebrate International Workers Day. We also run many other events throughout the year – check our Facebook for the most up-to-date details.

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