Why Join UE-COGS?
UE-COGS is the union for all TAs and RAs at the University of Iowa. UE-COGS is an organization run by TAs and RAs from all over campus. Since 1996 UE-COGS has won....
- Grad Care, a quality and affordable insurance plan, with UI paying 90% of single premiums & 70% of dependent premiums
- Quality and affordable dental insurance
- An increase in minimum salaries of over 50%
- Minimum Tuition Scholarships
- Protections against overwork & an effective grievance procedure
- Many grievances that have defended and further strengthen our rights as educational professionals
The strength of any union is its membership. Since 1996 UE-COGS members have worked tirelessly to improve conditions for all graduate employees at the University of Iowa. UE-COGS is democratic, member run union. Your voice is needed, whatever department you come from. Having reaped the benefits of unionization, you can increase the ability of UE-COGS to advance all of our rights as professionals by joining the union.
What Rights and Privileges Come With Membership?
All UE-COGS members have an equal vote on contract and grievance issues, policy positions, and union governance. All UE-COGS members have the right to bring anything before the membership. All UE-COGS members have the right to be nominated and elected to any UE-COGS position, from president to departmental steward.
UE-COGS members also receive the monthly newsletter Cognition and regular e-mail updates so they can stay up-to-date on current issues. Most importantly, UE-COGS members get a say in a democratic union that strives to make working conditions, pay, and benefits the best they can be.
How Much Are Dues and What Do They Go To?
Dues are $20.76 a month. Dues are automatically deducted from your paycheck once you turn in your membership card. Members only pay dues during the months they receive a check for employment from the University.
Like any organization, UE-COGS depends on finances to exist and be effective. Dues fund union activities, office space, equipment, and postage costs. Dues are also used whenever a grievance goes to arbitration so that we can defend our contract rights. Dues enable UE-COGS to hire a part-time office coordinator and part-time organizer. Finally, a portion of our dues goes to our national union, the UE. In return, the UE provides us with legal assistance and a national union field organizer who assist us in contract negotiations, grievance handling and arbitration, training, and organizing.
How do I join?
In order to join, you simply need to fill out a membership card and send it to COGS and send it to UE-COGS, 20 E. Market Street, Suite 210, Iowa City IA 52245.