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Iowa Board of Regents receives almost meaningless penalty for violating the law in contract talks with UI grad student union

The Board of Regents acted in bad faith and broke the law during contract negotiations with the Campaign to Organize Graduate Students (COGS) in 2016 and 2017, the Iowa Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) ruled last week. As punishment for its dishonest and illegal behavior, the Board of Regents will be required to post public notices at the University of Iowa […]

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The Board of Regents offers UI grad student workers a new contract with no benefits

The hallway outside Room 351 of the Iowa Memorial Union was crowded but quiet on Wednesday morning. Members of COGS, the union representing University of Iowa graduate students, were staging a grade-in — a protest that allowed them to do their work as teaching assistants, while demonstrating their resolve prior to the start of a […]

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UI grad students rally against a Republican tax bill that might make college unaffordable

A rally on the University of Iowa Pentacrest protesting the federal tax bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives attracted a crowd of about 60 on Wednesday. The crowd was mostly graduate students, which wasn’t surprising, since the change would drastically increase the amount of taxes grad students pay. […]

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Open Letter: COGS has its say to the Board of Regents and UI Administration

Members of University of Iowa graduate student union, the Campaign to Organize Graduate Students (COGS), rejected the Iowa Board of Regent’s Feb. 21 offer, which the group called “unreasonable and immoral” in a post on the COGS website from Tuesday, Feb. 28. The regent’s offer provided for a 1.1 percent raise and removed every other […]

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Graduate student union joins collective bargaining fight with Des Moines rally tomorrow

Some University of Iowa graduate students are joining union leaders for a rally at the State Capitol tomorrow as part of a multi-pronged effort to stand up for preserving their current health care benefits, as well as scholarships for tuition and fees. The Campaign to Organize Graduate Students (COGS) is organizing a rally that departs […]

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Letter to the Editor: Breaking down Harreld’s skewed perception of hate speech

The Daily Iowan recently interviewed Bruce Harreld and posed a question about hate speech. Harreld replied that the university would not be looking to take any policy stances about hate speech, even saying that “sometimes hate speech for one person is love speech for somebody else.” He went on to conflate hate speech with the […]

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COGS to help Johnson County residents obtain community IDs

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The University of Iowa’s graduate student union, COGS, will be on-hand at the Old Capitol Town Center (in front of CVS Pharmacy) this Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 10-11, to help Johnson County residents sign up for community IDs. “The community ID project was spearheaded by the Center for Worker Justice and we consider ourselves very […]

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