Reimbursement Policies Make Academia Less Inclusive

"Requiring students to ante up conference funds up front without the hope of being reimbursed for months makes academia less welcoming for scientists who are financially disadvantaged. Yet universities and funding agencies seem unwilling or unable to do much to change...

Georgetown University Graduate Employees Cast Historic Vote for Union

"The victory is historic for higher education and labor: First, few private universities recognize collective bargaining for their graduate workers; and second, this election set a new path to recognition, circumventing the Trump-appointed National Labor Relations...

Brown, Georgetown Grad Employees to File Petitions for Union Elections

“In this era of Janus, Donald Trump, and Brett Kavanaugh, we’ve seen extravagant and frightening attempts from those in power to silence women, people of color, queer folks, immigrants and workers. Instead of being intimidated, we’re organizing, because we’ve learned...

The Cost of a Career: A Letter to My Younger Self

"I said no when asked to join the graduate student union. Why would I, a paid student, need union representation? If only I had known then what I know now, 16 years later, this is what I would have told myself." Read More

The State of Graduate Student Employee Unions

"Universities rely on graduate students to conduct research and instruct students, tasks that would otherwise fall to higher-paid faculty. While these experiences certainly have educational and professional value for graduate students, these students are nonetheless...

Reimbursement Policies Make Academia Less Inclusive

"Requiring students to ante up conference funds up front without the hope of being reimbursed for months makes academia less welcoming for scientists who are financially disadvantaged. Yet universities and funding agencies seem unwilling or unable to do much to change...

Brown Agrees to Grad Union Election Terms

"The American Federation of Teachers-affiliated union needs support from at least 30 percent of members of the proposed union before filing a petition for an election. The union has said that a majority of its 1,400 possible members support unionization and that an...