TRU Wins

Since its inception in 2014, Teachers and Researchers United (TRU) has since campaigned for and won multiple improvements to the living conditions of graduate workers at JHU. Said improvements include…

  1. The implementation of an 8-week parental leave policy (with full tuition and stipend benefits), so we don’t have to choose between our careers and our families. 
  2. Improvements to the university healthcare plan, including vision and dental coverage and reducing the yearly out-of-pocket maximum.
  3. 100% coverage of Urgent Care expenses, with a waived deductible. We shouldn’t have to hesitate to get the emergency care we need!
  4. The creation of the Provost’s Advisory Team on Healthcare (PATH), giving grads a greater say in our health benefits.
  5. $5 million in COVID-19 relief for PhD students. This came in the form of 100 travel and research awards averaging about $5000, and 200-300 dissertation completion awards that include tuition, health insurance, and stipend for one semester.