Issues For Our Contract

GAGE has developed proposals that address the issues you--and hundreds of graduate workers like you-- raised in our Bargaining Survey, including increased compensation, dental and vision coverage, expanded health insurance, lower out-of-pocket expenses for health insurance, and countless others.

Here you’ll find the issues that are being addressed by the GAGE Bargaining Committee in the proposals brought to negotiations with Georgetown administration.

Remember - the truth is if we want to achieve a contract that lives up to our values and addresses our needs, we need to make it happen as a powerful collective. Get involved with GAGE to help us win the best possible contract.


health care for adults

Foregoing dental cleanings for years at a time. Paying over $6,000 for ankle surgery. Spending hundreds of dollars annually for contacts and glasses. Requesting a short-term leave of absence for illness or disability, only to be told that taking leave will cost you your salary and your health insurance. Seeking group mental health therapy at CAPS (Counseling and Psychiatric Services) only to realize that the group includes undergraduate students whom you are currently teaching.

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living wages

“We are expected to be on campus the week before classes start, but do not get our first paycheck until the third week of September. That is a tall order when we face moving costs, living expenses, rent payments, security deposits and many other costs associated with settling into a new place.”


“As an international graduate worker, there was a ton to figure out, from American taxes, to housing policies, to transportation (As a Canadian, I can handle the winters). But scariest of all is navigating the American health care system!” reported Megan, a graduate employee in the humanities.

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working conditions

For graduate workers like Tim and Valeria in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, progress on their scholarly work was nearly impossible. They were required to work as instructor of record for two classes per semester, double the amount of teaching that other departments required.


diversity & inclusion

“Listen, talking about how diverse and welcoming Georgetown is? That’s cheap and easy. Actually listening to people of color, LGBTQ+ folks, disabled people, women, international student-workers, and other marginalized groups? That’s a start.

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Family support

Recently, a graduate worker in biochemistry explained that he pays 105% of his salary to cover childcare for his two young children. He noted, “If it weren’t for years of savings and my wife working, there’s no way I -- or any parent -- could pursue a graduate degree at Georgetown.”