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Graduate Student Unionization


Georgetown created this website to serve as a resource for all members of our community who have questions about graduate student unionization efforts or want to read University communications and answers to frequently asked questions. We value our graduate students and their contributions to the Georgetown community and are committed to ensuring they are supported during their academic formation at Georgetown.

In spring of 2018, Georgetown reached a voluntary 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. The agreement creates a new framework recognizing that graduate students’ relationship with the University is fundamentally an educational one, while also responding to students’ desire to have a stronger voice in the terms of their service as Graduate Student Assistants.

As graduate students prepare to decide whether to unionize, Georgetown is committed to working together with our community to ensure there is an open and serious dialogue, so graduate student assistants are in the best possible position to make an informed decision. Georgetown will continue to enhance the resources provided to graduate students and discuss these issues with students regardless of the outcome of an election.

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Answers to frequently asked questions.

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ews and Updates

News and updates from the University, including correspondence to the community from Georgetown administrators.

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Resources for the Community

Resources including facts about graduate education at Georgetown, guidelines for faculty and staff, and information on relevant NLRB cases.