Answers to frequently asked questions.
Resources and communications on graduate student unionization efforts for students, faculty, and staff.
How you may respond to union organizing activity among graduate students.
GRADUATE STUDENT UNIONIZATION AT GEORGETOWN
Georgetown is deeply committed to working with all graduate students to provide a supportive academic environment in which our students can flourish. We have made a number of improvements over the past few years, including significantly increasing stipends for Ph.D. students and capping teaching at one course per semester. We share the desire to continue enhancing the resources available to all of our graduate students so we can attract the strongest students who will contribute to the collective intellectual growth of the Georgetown community and help build an excellent research institution. We encourage all students to work with us in our ongoing efforts.
The Georgetown Alliance of Graduate Employees (GAGE), a group affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), has expressed interest in forming a union. This leads our community into an important dialogue. This issue merits careful and serious consideration by each of us. We have already heard a range of views from graduate students and faculty members, some of whom support unionization and others who oppose it.
We encourage you to engage in this important dialogue. This website contains resources on unionization, University communications, and frequently asked questions and answers. We are committed to working together with our community to ensure there is an open and serious dialogue, so that our students are in the best possible position to make an informed decision should there be an election to form a union.