I demand that Penn State ensure that graduate students do not experience pay losses as a result of the increased costs for health care.
The proposed health insurance plan will create a financial burden for many graduate students and their families. Graduate students provide invaluable teaching and research assistance both formally and informally to Penn State University. Given the amount of publications, teaching, and additional support we provide to this University, we do not believe it is right to expect us to experience pay cuts in order to maintain our right to affordable healthcare. By coming together, we believe that graduate students can unite with one voice to advocate for a stronger commitment from the University to ensure our basic rights to affordable health coverage that does not result in a pay cut.