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CGEU 2018 heads to New York. Register today!

Calling all Grad Unionists! CGEU/CSEE’s annual conference will be held from August 16-19 in New York City. Learn more about the conference, check out a tentative schedule, and most importantly, REGISTER for CGEU 2018 TODAY!

This year, CGEU-2018: Raising the Stakes (NYC) comes at a time of increased uncertainty, met with a new upsurge of militancy in education-sector organizing across North America. CUPE locals are striking at York and Carleton Universities. The Trump-era Supreme Court means that the decision on Janus vs. AFSCME could decimate our public sector unions if we don’t build power fast. Trump’s NLRB has also meant several academic unions have pulled their union petitions as part of a broader legal strategy. Rank-and-file strength is needed now more than ever.

It is time we gather to regroup, and to build bonds, knowledge, and solidarity within and among campuses across the U.S. and Canada—to Raise the Stakes for a more militant grad worker movement in 2018 and beyond.
Part conference, part workshop/skills share, part popular education, part strategy session, CGEU-2018 NYC will rejuvenate and inspire our movement between campuses and across borders. We will take advantage of proximity to local labor leaders, left publishing houses, and the density of institutions of higher education to feature inspiring panels and time and space for socializing with comrades at night.

Members from GSOC-UAW (NYU), SENS-UAW (New School), GWC-UAW (Columbia), and the PSC (CUNY) are proud to jointly organize the 2018 CGEU/CSEE conference in New York City. If you or your union would like to join in hosting, please reach out:

Join CGEU’s Listserv!

It’s important for the grad labor movement to be able to efficiently communicate with each other. Join hundreds of graduate employee activists and supporters in the USA and Canada as we keep up to date with news, engage in cross-campus organizing, and gain considerable know-how by answering each other’s questions, sharing our experiences, and contributing to each other’s organizing toolbox.

If you would like to subscribe to the CGEU email list, please send a brief message describing your relationship to the graduate employee movement to Group membership and messages are moderated to ensure that organizers and activists can communicate without interference from management or anti-union elements.

CGEU 2015- UMass Amherst

The 2015 meeting of the Coalition of Graduate Employee Unions will take place at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on August 5-8, 2015, and will be hosted by the Graduate Employee Union-UAW 2322. Click here to see the program & schedule.

If you have questions about the 2015 CGEU Conference please contact the planning committee at

We are meeting at a critical moment for academic labor. Higher education – in form, content, and purpose – is on the precipice of a fundamental reorganization. On the other hand, the labor movement overall is weak, and attacks on unions, within the university and outside it, are deep and increasing. Yet the emerging resistance is inspiring, especially as it intersects with burgeoning movements in low-wage union organizing and ongoing struggles against police brutality and racism. On campuses from Québec to California, students and workers are organizing together and fighting back.

This summer, we invite student employee unions from across North America to three days of discussion, debate, and exchange. Meet union activists, share tactics and strategies, and help build the struggle for the future of academic labor and of the university.

To register for this year’s indispensable conference, please clickhere. Preregistration is now closed.  Walk-in registration will be available.  See the program & schedule here. 

If you have questions about the 2015 CGEU Conference please contact the organizing committee at

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The Coalition of Graduate Employee Unions is a coalition of student-employee unions from universities across North America. Its annual meetings bring together union activists to share experiences, discuss and debate strategy and tactics, and build solidarity between and across campuses.