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Reel from "Something Good - Negro Kiss"
Nitrate print of the 1898 film 'Something Good-Negro Kiss' (USC School of Cinematic Arts)

GSU - Graduate Students United

The faculty of the Department of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago urges the university administration to recognize Graduate Students United (GSU) as the collective bargaining agent for graduate student workers and enter into good-faith negotiations without delay. In October 2017, the graduate students voted to form a union. We believe that this collective decision should be respected.

We also call upon the administration to refrain from actions that may undermine our graduate worker colleagues’ rights to organize or their freedom of expression, including: retaliation against graduate workers or picketers; attempts to replace graduate student labor; efforts to track participation or non-participation in the action; or any threats thereof.

We encourage our faculty colleagues to join us in this stance.