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PublicFAQmediasheet Committee on Rights and Compensation (CRC) University of Colorado at Boulder 16 June 2016 Who we are and what we do: We are a group of graduate employees committed to improving the lives of all current and especially future graduate employees at CU Boulder. The hard work we perform is on the front lines of teaching and research that keeps the university running and maintains CU’s reputation as a toptier university. CRC is monitoring graduate worker issues, particularly financial compensation and workplace rights, with the goal of implementing needed changes. CRC aims to improve graduate worker conditions with action complementary to work done by the United Government of Graduate Students (UGGS). Why now: While it is not new that graduate employees face challenges, the increasing disparity between our compensation and minimum selfsufficiency income, combined with recent administrative mishandlings of academic and employment issues, have prompted graduate employees to come together to improve our situations. Why this matters: Graduate students’ economic vulnerability can impede their ability to pay rent, deal with medical conditions, or survive an unplanned emergency. Such economic stresses negatively impact their work as researchers and educators, work that is necessary to University of Colorado’s mission. It can also delay time to graduation and impede recruitment of new talent. What are our concerns? ● ● ● ● ● Current graduate employee compensation falls well short of a living wage. Hours worked may exceed hours paid, funding can be unpredictable semestertosemester (sometimes with negligible notice of funding cuts), and current employment contracts allow for appointments to be