"Hi fellow grad workers! I see no honest divide between my research in the Department of Anthropology which critiques social power and inequality, and my efforts to extend workplace democracy by organizing a grad worker union. Such research and social engagement are interdependent parts of the same larger project. It therefore doesn’t make sense to me to say that I am too busy with schoolwork to help make my school a less hierarchical place. Please join me; let’s mobilize the power that is inherent in us being a large group of essential workers, and use it to create a better Pitt."
"I believe we need a union because it will build a more fair, secure, and democratic university; a place with the best possible working and learning conditions. In short, a graduate student union will make Pitt a better school."
"My motivations for unionizing are pretty simple: I believe in making sure graduate students have good working conditions and all students have great learning environments."
"Things we do daily as graduate student workers are numerous: we teach, we hold office hours, we do research, we help with administration. On top of that, our daily routines consist of so much intangible labor, which is not formally recognized and cannot easily be evaluated based on automated surveys. Let us unionize to improve our working conditions by get recognition for all the things we do!"