GSOC is a space for political advocacy and debate, driven by the interests of its members. As such, we invite GSOCers to form formal and informal caucuses to organize around special issues, common experiences, or shared visions for what the union should endorse and practice.
Caucuses are independent from GSOC and their views are not automatically those of the union.
Forming a Caucus
Any member of GSOC is entitled to start an Official or Unofficial Caucus. Official Caucuses have a more public facing character and are entitled to a share of GSOC’s communications infrastructure.
To start an Official Caucus, a member must submit their caucus name, a short description of the caucus’ goals and positions, and a caucus representative (including name and email) to a Head Steward. All complete submissions are automatically approved.
For more information on Caucuses, please consult our caucus policy (approved 2/16/2016).
GSOC Students for Bernie
We plan to organize for Bernie on the NYU campus, raising awareness about the Bernie Sanders campaign both among GSOC members and the general graduate and undergraduate student body. We are hoping to organize a teach-in before the New York State primary and we are also working on doing some “barnstorms,” events where we educate other NYU students about volunteer-working for the Bernie campaign.
GSOC for BDS
Hundreds of graduate student workers at NYU have signed an open letter calling on GSOC-UAW 2110 to heed the call of Palestinian civil society to boycott, divest and sanction the state of Israel until it respects the rights of Palestinian refugees, ends the military occupation and dismantles the wall, and recognizes the rights of Palestinian citizens to full equality. We believe that as a union it is our duty to support Palestinians in their struggle for justice against the Israeli occupation that violates their human and civil rights, and systematically exploits their labor. Only through international pressure can Israel finally be made to comply with international law and end its 67 year long occupation of Palestine. We urge our union to join other student and teacher unions from around the world to call for an end to Israeli apartheid and for justice for all who live in Israel-Palestine.
GSOC for Open Dialogue on Israel and Palestine
We are a group of GSOC members who oppose the call for our union to endorse the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS). BDS violates academic freedom, shuts down dialogue, undermines co-existence between Israelis and Palestinians, and empowers radical voices on all sides. Universities are a unique platform for unpacking the important and complex political issues of our day. We are concerned about human rights issues in Israel and Palestine and strongly support constructive dialogue towards a long-term solution. BDS betrays these goals and values. BDS is not the answer. By voting NO to BDS, we say YES to open dialogue.
Academic Workers for a Democratic Union (AWDU)
AWDU seeks to build a transparent, member-led and democratic union with a social justice orientation. We believe that a strong democratic union flows from the bottom up, centered around rank-and-file in and across departments. Only through an organizing model that puts members at the center can the union defend and improve the rights of NYU graduate employees. We also affirm our commitment to social movement unionism: fighting not only for bread and butter contract issues, but also bolstering the various social and political movements that shape NYU graduate workers’ lives inside and outside the university.