WUGWU in the Media

WUGWU member and grad worker in History Brandon Wilson (purple scarf) appearing on MSNBC with Katy Tur, October 2018.

The Washington Post, one of America’s highest circulating newspapers, has written about:

  • The arrest of Ben Groebe, PhD in Physics 2020, past Co-Executive and Co-Chair of the Actions Committee, for engaging in civil disobedience, successfully defeating attempts by the US House of Representatives to tax tuition scholarships for graduate student workers as income.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the area’s leading news source, has published:

  • An op-ed by Jake Rosenfeld, WashU Associate Professor of Sociology, on our Fight for $15 and Childcare campaign
  • An op-ed  by Nathan Walsh, Graduate Student Worker in the Physics PhD program on why his family needs $15/hour and childcare subsidization

The Guardian:

  • Interviewed our past Actions Committee Co-Chair, Augusto (Gus) Medeiros da Rosa, PhD in Physics 2019, on the administration’s threats toward international student workers like himself, in connection to the 2018-19 teachers’ strikes across the US

The Nation:

  • Interviewed past Organizing Committee member Oguz Alyanak, PhD in Anthropology 2019, on the administration’s threats to international student workers like himself


  • Interviewed past Organizing Committee member Lacy Murphy, Art History PhD program, about our Fight for $15, and other graduate student workers and union organizers from Loyola University Chicago, Duke University, and the University of Pittsburgh
  • Interviewed Lacy Murphy again in relation to student worker union organizing across the US and used a photo of Gus Medeiros da Rosa in the article


  • Broadcast journalist Katy Tur interviewed past Actions Committee Co-Chair Brandon Wilson, PhD in History 2020, on live TV, about the importance of a living wage at WashU

The Riverfront Times, St. Louis’ leading alternative paper, has covered:

  • The university administration’s grossly misleading, scaremongering rhetoric used against our international student worker members 
  • Our winning of year-round pay for many graduate student workers
  • Our efforts to tell the Board of Trustees that workers need a living wage of $15/hour 

The St. Louis American, the largest weekly-circulating newspaper in the state of Missouri and St. Louis’ leading African-American paper, has written about:

  • Our Fight for $15 victory 
  • And features an op-ed from Reverend Darryl Gray, Chairman of the Social Justice Committee of the Missionary Baptist State Convention, in support of our Fight for $15 and Childcare campaign
Inside Higher Education, one of the leading news sources on higher education in the US:
  • Covered our Fight for $15 campaign in tandem with other SEIU affiliated graduate student worker campaigns by Emory University, Duke University, Illinois State University, and Loyola University Chicago

St. Louis Public Radio has covered:

Student Life, WashU’s campus newspaper has covered us many times, here is a small sample:

  • Our Fight for $15 victory
  • The long tent city campus occupation named Martinville
  • A teach-in we held on our work in light of past campus organizing efforts
  • And stories of members being arrested for peacefully sitting in the Chancellor’s office (both from our workers’ perspectives and as reported coverage)

KMOV, a local CBS affiliate:

  • Covered the arrest of 8 WUGWU members and Reverend Darryl Gray, including Ben Groebe, Physics PhD 2020, past Co-Executive and Co-Chair of the Actions Committee, who they also interviewed

Fox 2 Now, a local news television station, covered our:

KSDK-STL, an NBC affiliated local news station, has covered: