Help with our Letter-Writing Campaign!

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Submit a letter to the deans petitioning for greater graduate worker protections HERE

Over the last few weeks, TRU has been negotiating with the Provost’s Office to secure funding, timeline extensions, and health insurance for graduate workers affected by the Covid-19 crisis. However, the provosts have insisted that it’s not up to them, saying that the ultimate decisions are up to the deans and departments.

So let’s go to the deans. Click the link above (or here) to submit a form letter to the deans of the schools, President Daniels, and other upper administrators insisting that extensions be given to all graduate workers, not contingent on department or application. We’ve all been affected by the crisis; accordingly, the accommodations provided should offer equitable support in a streamlined, efficient way that doesn’t add to the difficulties we’re already facing.

Please consider personalizing the letter accordingly! Additionally, if you’d be willing to provide a short testimonial of how the closure of the University and Covid-related disruptions have impacted you, please get in touch with us at trujhu@gmail.com.

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Covid-19 Protections Petition

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Graduate students are facing drastic changes in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Teachers are being expected to work in an entirely different medium without the guarantee of adequate material support, while research assistants will be set back weeks if not months as experiments are cancelled or lay idle. Graduate workers caring for ill loved ones, those with children, those with pre-existing health conditions or who are immunocompromised, and international students face particular challenges. The impacts of this virus will continue for some time, continuing to affect our research, teaching, and degree progress.

As we work to support our undergraduate students and research projects, let the university know that we expect them to support us too. Sign the petition below to demand that our funding, degree progress timelines, and health insurance remain secure in the face of this severe disruption.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION!

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Solidarity with JMI Students

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Teachers and Researchers United at Johns Hopkins University stands in solidarity with students, staff, and faculty at Jamia Milia Islamia University and Aligarh Muslim University facing police brutality in the wake of protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act. Students, staff, and faculty have every right to protest the rising tide of Islamophobic nationalism in India, and there is absolutely no justification for the horrific violence police forces deployed against them. As an organization concerned with the rights of students to protest and curbing the power of police repression, particularly on campuses, TRU condemns in the strongest possible terms the police actions on these campuses as well as the government officials lending support to these actions. We urge international support and solidarity with students, staff, and faculty at Jamia Milia Islamia University and Aligarh Muslim University.

We encourage all of our members to sign the following petition to express support. The bravery and sacrifice of these protestors cannot and will not be forgotten as their struggle continues. Physical and mental brutality is never appropriate or okay, and we back all those who fight against it.

Content warning on the petition: descriptions of police violence/sexual violence

Work-In this Thursday

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In this version of the distracted boyfriend meme, the wayward man symbolizes JHU who is distracted by "Cheap Labor" while "Graduate researchers who have a say in their working conditions and academic futureand also maybe want to have kids before they turn thirty" look on in disgust

This Thursday, we are holding a Work-In to publicize our labor as graduate students and to show our opposition to the proposed NLRB rule change denying our status as workers. Come join us on Thursday, December 12 to grade essays and exams, conduct research, write grants, or perform any other work connected to your roles as Teaching or Research Assistants. If you cannot attend the event in-person, we encourage you to contact the Organizing Committee so you can participate remotely over Skype. Or, take a picture of yourself in your workspace, tag us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/teachersandresearchersunited) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/TRUhopkins) with the hashtag #WeAreWorkers. Ask if your lab can showcase its contributions to the university!

Work-In Event Details:
• Date/Time: Thursday, December 12, from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
• Location: Eisenhower Library, M-Level | Homewood Campus
• Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2645492598870422/

Please feel free to attend any part of the event depending on your schedule, and make sure to invite anyone you know who wants to learn more about TRU. We will have copies of our NLRB petition to sign (https://forms.gle/4iuye6WSYePe7bzi8) as well as buttons and union cards for graduate students who want to demonstrate their support.

Below you can find pdf posters which you can print out and hang to publicize the event. If you have any questions, we welcome you to contact us at trujhu@gmail.com.

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JHU News-Letter Profiles NLRB Struggle

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Bold text above the TRU logo reads: "The university works because we do!"

Today the Johns Hopkins News-Letter published a feature about the ongoing struggle to prevent the National Labor Relations Board from de-classifying graduate students as workers. Since 2016, graduate students at private universities have been classified as employees of their institutions under the National Labor Relations Act. This means we are entitled to certain protections under Federal law, including the right to organize or discuss working conditions without threat of retaliation. A rule change proposed in September of this year seeks to remove these essential protections.

We are fighting this proposed rule change through multiple avenues:

1. By encouraging supporters to sign our petition: https://forms.gle/didt5EkiqJFCN1cf6

2. By encouraging supporters to submit an individual comment to the NLRB: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/23/2019-20510/jurisdiction-nonemployee-status-of-university-and-college-students-working-in-connection-with-their

3. By participating in solidarity actions with other grad unions at the NLRB offices in Washington, D.C.: http://trujhu.org/index.php/2019/11/16/national-nlrb-action/

and 4. By holding a Work-In at the Eisenhower Library, M-Level, on Thursday December 12, 8AM-3PM. Check out our Facebook event (https://www.facebook.com/events/2645492598870422/) and stay tuned for more details to come.

The Hopkins News-Letter interviewed two graduate students active in TRU about their thoughts on the ongoing struggle with the NLRB and about organizing on the Hopkins campus. You can read more in the article at the link below.

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