We are requesting that the administration guarantees worker protections for graduate employees with mental health issues, arrest records, those who are transitioning at work, those who are nursing/need access to lactation rooms, etc. We believe these are fundamental protections that can help ensure the health and well-being of graduate employees at UIC.
To date, the admin has REJECTED our non-discrimination proposal without providing a counter-proposal. We find this unacceptable.
Why is this important?
Protections for graduate employees are vital to their success, as well as the success of the university. We know that students who do not feel safe or protected may not reach their full potential or may leave due to the fear of persecution. If the UIC administration cares about its graduate employees then they should have no issue agreeing to write these protections into our collective bargaining agreement (the contract) as this will give graduate employees the strongest protections and set them up to succeed academically, professionally, and personally.