Graduate Student Unionization
Note: Information and resources on the current GAGE-AFT collective bargaining agreement can be found on the Graduate School website.
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.
On Nov. 9, 2018, Georgetown University and the Georgetown Alliance of Graduate Employees (GAGE) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) announced results of an election held on Nov. 5-8, 2018 that gave approximately 1,100 graduate student assistants an opportunity to vote for union representation. Of the approximately 1,100 graduate student assistants eligible to vote, the count was 555-108, with the majority in favor of unionization. The American Arbitration Association (AAA), a neutral third party that conducted the election, reported and certified the election results.
“We are pleased to have reached this tentative agreement with GAGE/AFT and look forward to the result of their ratification process. We are grateful for the leadership and collaboration shown by both parties in order to reach an agreement in these challenging times.”