GSWOC-UAW: Creating a stronger, more equitable USC

As Graduate Student Workers at USC, we do critical work that powers the prestigious teaching and research mission of USC. However, many Graduate Student Workers struggle to pay bills while being paid an unlivable wage and lack real recourse when facing harassment and discrimination in the workplace. The time has come for this to change.

After winning our union in February with 93% voting YES, we’re now at the bargaining table with USC administration, fighting to improve our working conditions, and to create a stronger and more equitable USC. Beyond USC, we aim to empower academic workers across the country by advocating for increased research funding, fair visa and immigration policies in the US, and safer, more just working environments at all academic institutions.

We joined the UAW (International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America) to become part of one of the largest and most diverse unions in North America. Over 100,000 employees in higher education have already chosen to join UAW, including Graduate Student Workers at UCLA, Harvard, Columbia, NYU, University of Washington, and more.