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Graduate Student Unionization

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Answers to frequently asked questions.

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Resources on Graduate Student Unionization

Resources and communications on graduate student unionization efforts for students, faculty, and staff.

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Guidelines for Faculty and Staff

How you may respond to union organizing activity among graduate students.


On April 2, 2018, the University reached an agreement with the Georgetown Alliance of Graduate Employees (GAGE), a group of graduate students affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), which would allow for an election among eligible students on whether they wish to be represented by a union.

This agreement creates a new framework recognizing that graduate students’ relationship with the University is fundamentally an educational one, while also responding to their desire to have a stronger voice in the terms of their service as Graduate Student Assistants.

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 graduate student assistants are in the best possible position to make an informed decision.