A leader in the national movement to unionize graduate teachers and researchers, GESO works to represent and promote the interests of graduate employees at Yale. While seeking recognition as a union, GESO works to improve working conditions and benefits for graduate employees and to strengthen the voice of graduate employees in today’s changing academy.
The Graduate Employees and Students Organization (GESO) was founded in 1991 following a vote by the members of its predecessor student organization, TA Solidarity. GESO is a part of UNITE HERE at Yale, and is closely allied with the other unions on the Yale campus, UNITE HERE Locals 34 and 35.
GESO Mission Statement:
To protect, promote and advance the interests of graduate students at Yale University, and to uphold the dignity of our work and scholarship. To ensure that the university provides the resources and services necessary to our work. To ensure the continued excellence of teaching and research at Yale.
- To ensure that graduate students have an active role in the university’s decision-making processes that affect graduate student life.
- To maintain the vision, leadership, and organization necessary to be an effective, democratic and united organization.
- To form a union in affiliation with UNITE HERE at Yale, the coaltion of affiliates of UNITE HERE International Union at Yale University.
- To join with other students, faculty and workers at Yale, and with the greater New Haven community, to promote justice at Yale and to encourage the university to be a good citizen of the community.
- To fight against racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of discrimination at Yale University.