Graduate Employees and Students Organization
|Full name||Graduate Employees and Students Organization|
The Graduate Employees and Students Organization (GESO) is a group of graduate student teachers and researchers that is trying to be recognized as a union at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.
The group's precursor, T.A. Solidarity, was founded in 1987. T.A. Solidarity members voted to affiliate with other campus unions in the Spring of 1990, seeking union recognition and collective bargaining, and adopting their current nomenclature. GESO members have participated in several strikes and walk-outs over the course of their sixteen-year history. In March, 2003, GESO members joined members of campus unions in a one week strike, in an attempt to gain recognition as a collective bargaining agent from the Yale University administration.
GESO has since mounted and won campaigns over pay equity in graduate programs, alleged human rights violations in the university's investment policies, equal treatment for international students, parental leave, and improved health care benefits. It continues to push for recognition from the university, to organize for better job prospects and working conditions in academia, and against what members see as an increasingly corporate university system. 
The union's chair was elected to the city's Board of Aldermen in 2013 from the Wooster Square neighborhood, and many members of GESO are active in a political coalition with other union and community members in the city to work for more and better job opportunities and less violence. 
Several hundred graduate students from humanities and social sciences at Yale and Columbia universities went on a teaching strike for five days in April 2005 to demand recognition from their universities less than a year after the National Labor Relations Board denied them of protections under the National Labor Relations Act, reversing an earlier precedent, decided in 2000, that graduate employees at New York University were workers and thus entitled to said protections. University officials have stated that the strike had "minimal impact" on the operations of the school. Jesse Jackson made a brief appearance on behalf of GESO.  The university has stated that it will continue its previous policy and will not bargain with GESO. 
GESO is affiliated with UNITE HERE as a constituent member of the Federation of Hospital and University Employees, which also includes food service and maintenance workers, clerical and technical workers, and employees of Yale-New Haven Hospital's dietary unit.
- Graduate student unionization
- Graduate Student Organizing Committee
- National Labor Relations Act
- NLRB election procedures