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Graduate Student Unionization

Faculty who wish to learn more about this important issue should review the Graduate School’s union representation webpage, the  Cornell Graduate Students United (CGSU) website, and the AtWhatCost? website. Each site maintains an FAQ section. President Rawlings’ statement on unionization is here.

Of particular importance to all are the guidelines of conduct that encourage dignity and respect for all parties involved and foster compliance with federal law throughout the process.  Additional guidelines for faculty are here.   Also of interest are the slides and handout from the CGSU’s presentation at the April 2016 meeting of the Senate.

Here is an Inside Higher Education article on the NLRB ruling and a follow-up piece on initial reactions from various universities.

This link will take you several Chronicle of Higher Education articles.

A detailed study published in the ILR Review (2013): Effects of Unionization on Graduate Student Employees: Faculty–Student Relations, Academic Freedom, and Pay.


Last Updated: March 29, 2019 at 1:11 pm