We are the Graduate Employees Union of Portland State University

The Graduate Employees Union, AFT/AAUP (GEU) is a union made up of nearly 800 graduate teaching assistants, research assistants, and administrative assistants at PSU. Last spring, after two years of work building our union, we were certified by the Oregon Employment Relations Board and we’re very excited to begin negotiating our first contract with PSU administration this fall.

We chose to organize our union because we have the collective power to fight for wage increases, better health insurance, job security, protections against overwork, workspace improvements, and more. As a union, we will use our power to improve the jobs, lives, and educational opportunities of all graduate employees at PSU.

GEU is committed to equity and strives to implement this principle at all levels of our organization.  If you identify as a member of a historically disadvantaged or underrepresented group, we encourage you to be involved.  Your union needs you!

We Are GEU

Our Mission Statement

We’re working together to build a strong union of graduate employees at Portland State University. Read our mission statement, and if you agree, join us in making PSU a stronger, fairer institution for all students and the people of Oregon:

We, the graduate workers of Portland State University, are organizing a union to harness the power of collective action and bargaining to improve our working conditions, our educations, and our lives. Through our Graduate Employees Union (GEU), in affiliation with the AAUP and AFT, we work to address longstanding problems that negatively affect the workers and students at our university, including perpetual job insecurity, inadequate compensation, and rising health care and education costs. Through member-driven collective action, in solidarity with other workers and students, we demand our work be valued and respected as an integral part of the university. Together, we fight for a just, equitable, and accessible academic community for current and future generations.

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