"We exist as a labor union to make the Michigan State University community a better place in which to work and study. We believe that graduate employees have the rights to fair wages, decent health care, safe working conditions, and a workplace free from discrimination. Through collective bargaining, the Graduate Employees Union works to make MSU a more democratic, equitable, dynamic, and diverse community, where the work that we all do is valued and respected."
-Scott Henkel, GEU President 2002-2004
Members of the Graduate Employees Union are all graduate students at Michigan State University — in fact, nearly 80% of MSU teaching assistants are members of GEU. We have our own academic responsibilities in courses, exams, theses and dissertations and we also teach classes, grade students’ assignments, conduct research, and perform many of the duties which the university needs to function. We are affiliated with the AFT-Michigan (American Federation of Teachers), and the American Federation of Labor/Council of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).