Nominate a Graduate Worker for our Bargaining Committee

Do know someone (maybe it’s you!) who is ready to make a lasting, positive impact on the graduate work experience at Georgetown?

Nominate a graduate worker for GAGE’s Bargaining Committee.

“As a member of the bargaining team, I have the very cool responsibility of negotiating a contract that will impact current and future generations of Georgetown grads. All of the issues we've been organizing around as a union for the past few years-- health care, better pay, and workplace protections -- are on the table, and now is the time to make real change!”

-Marya Hannun, Islamic Studies PhD student-worker

Our negotiations with the university are strongest when our Bargaining Committee reflects the diversity of graduate experiences at Georgetown. We have noticed that we especially need the voices of international graduate students, parents, Masters students, and Science and Med campus research assistants, but as always, all perspectives are powerful in our union.

We are accepting nominations for the Bargaining Committee until 5 PM on Sunday, October 13, 2019.The Election Committee contacts all nominees to verify GAGE membership status and whether they accept their nomination as candidates for the Bargaining Committee.

In Solidarity,

Kathryn Sanchez, Ray Kim, and Cory Young

GAGE Elections Committee

TODAY! General Assembly- Give your input on Healthcare proposals

Are you a member of GAGE? Did you vote "Yes" because you wanted to see changes to graduate student health care, like dental and vision coverage? Join your fellow union members TODAY in Walsh 495 at 5:30 PM for an important General Assembly meeting.

After a lot of research, our Bargaining Committee has drafted a set of health care proposals and we need your valuable input before we present these proposals to Georgetown administration. We'll also discuss why negotiations are taking so long, recruiting new Bargaining Committee members and building our power to win the best possible contract.

Please RSVP here.

In case you missed it- We are recruiting for our Bargaining Committee! Do you have friends who are fierce advocates for graduate student-worker rights and wellbeing? Nominate them here.

Nominations will be open until 5 PM on Sunday, October 13, 2019. The Election Committee contacts all nominees to verify whether they accept their nomination.

For those members who are observing Rosh Hashanah, we'll be sending a summary of the meeting. To learn more or get involved, email us at

In Solidarity,

GAGE Organizing Committee

Call for Nominations for GAGE Bargaining Committee

Today we are opening nominations for the GAGE Bargaining Committee

Since being elected in February, our Bargaining Commitee has presented the administration with close to thirty proposals to raise stipends and hourly wages, to address sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace, to improve access to child care, and much more. As we explain in our Platform Pledge, the goal is a Contract for the Whole Person that empowers graduate employees and allows us to thrive during our time at Georgetown. 

To achieve our goal of a contract, we need a Bargaining Committee that can speak to the wide range of disciplines, demographic groups, and experiences of graduate employees. In particular, we need graduate employees in the STEM fields, international graduate employees, and Masters graduate employees to join the Bargaining Committee. 

We will have our GAGE General Assembly meeting next Monday, September 30 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM in Walsh 496. Here members of the Bargaining Committee will demystify the bargaining process and ask for membership input on contract proposals. We will also decide on actions that we can take together to achieve our Contract for the Whole Person. 

This meeting is an excellent opportunity for you to make your voice heard--and to consider whether you or one of your colleagues would be a good fit for the Bargaining Committee. You can RSVP here.

Nominations for the Bargaining Committee will be open from now until 5 PM on Sunday, October 13, 2019. Graduate workers who (1) is working as an RA, a TA, or an instructor of record this semester or may work in one of those roles in future semesters and (2) have signed a GAGE membership card are eligible to nominate and be nominated for election to the Bargaining Committee. Self-nominations are encouraged. The nomination and election process will be overseen by the Election Committee, which will consist of three volunteers from the Organizing Committee.

In closing, we thank the outgoing members of the Bargaining Committee for their work in shaping our contract proposals. Please do not hesitate to contact the members of the Election Committee at with any questions you might have about the nominating process. We will see you in Walsh 496 at 5:30 PM on September 30!

TODAY GAGE's Annual Semester Kickoff Patio Party!


Your Bargaining Team met yesterday and will be negotiating again today! So far they've discussed topics from research integrity to a grievance procedure to protections for international graduate workers.  Come by to meet you elected bargaining committee members and hear updates on bargaining process!

Join us TODAY at our Annual Semester Kickoff Patio Party! Come meet fellow graduate workers on the Car Barn Patio as we prepare for a fantastic fall, get updates on our organizing efforts and enjoy some free food!

This will be our most important fall yet as we push for a fair contract that respects us as a valuable part of the Georgetown Community.

Feel free to bring your family and other graduate workers as we kickoff the semester!

More Info & RSVP here!

In Solidarity,

Your GAGE Organizing Committee

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