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.
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.
Georgetown University joined the Georgetown Alliance of Graduate Employees (GAGE) and American Federation of Teachers (the national union with which GAGE has affiliated) and issue the following statement:
“We have a shared belief in the important role that graduate student assistants play at Georgetown and a shared commitment to giving them a stronger voice as members of our community. We are encouraged that many graduate student assistants made their voices heard. We look forward to working together to continue efforts to improve the graduate student experience at Georgetown.”