Georgetown Alliance of Graduate Employees
We, the graduate workers of Georgetown University, are organizing a union to ensure better living and working conditions for graduate workers across departments and disciplines.
The Georgetown Alliance of Graduate Employees (GAGE) is an organization created and run by graduate workers with the aim of creating a union that represents us and advances our interests. We are made up of MA and PhD teaching assistants, research assistants, and teaching associates from all across the range of disciplines found at Georgetown University. We span the hard sciences, social sciences, and humanities, include both domestic and international workers, and are united to fight for fair and equitable working conditions for all members of the Georgetown community.
We, the graduate workers of Georgetown University are organizing a union to ensure better living and working conditions for graduate workers across departments and disciplines.
Our goal is to empower graduate employees and ensure that we have an equal partnership in decisions that shape our future and the future of the University.
GAGE is a democratic organization built on the idea that we, as graduate workers at Georgetown University, deserve the opportunity to bargain for a better contract for all our members, together.
In 2015, if you had randomly stopped grad workers walking through Red Square, across the Med Campus, or heading to the GUTS buses and asked them how their experiences had been so far, you would have gotten a huge array of answers. However, if you’d asked them what the conditions were like for any other grad worker, in any department besides their own, you would likely have received blank stares in return. As Karen, a grad worker in the Philosophy Department, put it, “I had no idea how things worked in the departments on the floors above and below me, much less across campus!”
AFFILIATION WITH AFT
For decades, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) has been working with graduate employees to achieve more equity in compensation and benefits. The shift away from full-time, tenure-track faculty is accelerating, and has lead to the exploitation of graduate students being hired without job security, decent salary and benefits, or a strong voice in decision-making.