Bargaining Session #7: Grievance Procedures, Nondiscrimination and Workplace Protections

On Tuesday our bargaining committee met with the administration for our 7th session to negotiate over issues of transparency and inclusion--namely union rights, nondiscrimination policies, workplace protections, and grievance procedures. We packed the room with GAGE members to send a clear message to the administration: graduate workers across campus support a contract for the whole person!

Two of our members shared their experience with sexual harassment in the workplace and the improper and incomplete response of the administration. Georgetown must do better. Their powerful testimony was a reminder that current policies are failing graduate workers, and that we must band together to demand a safer workplace.

Sign our 'Pledge to T.H.R.I.V.E' today, which calls for a union contract that promotes health and security for all graduate workers!

We are collecting testimonials about your experiences as graduate workers at Georgetown to share with the administration during every bargaining session. If you would like to share your story regarding any part of your working conditions, please reach out! You can reply to this email address or reach out to a member of the organizing committee.

Please keep your eyes peeled for an announcement about our next bargaining session. Attending these negotiations is a great opportunity to get to see and hear how the administration thinks and speaks about the work you do, and to support the bargaining committee with your input and experiences. Sharing our experiences makes us stronger.

In solidarity,

GAGE Organizing Committee


RSVP: End of Year Celebration and Member Meeting 4.30.19

Join fellow GAGE members in celebrating our wins and planning for the future!

This has been quite the year for Georgetown Alliance of Graduate Employees. We won our election 555-108 (83.7%) last November, and we've started to bargain with the administration for a Contract for the Whole Person.

Sign a pledge to support the platform here!

Now it's time to thrive! Join us at our Member Meeting on Tuesday, April 30 from 3:30 to 4:30pm in ICC, Room 662 3:30 to 4:30pm in ICC, Room 662 where we will be discussing what's happening in bargaining and our plans for the future. If you are not already a member, sign-up online or in person prior to the meeting.

A good union is a democratic union, but it's also a fun union! We will therefore be holding an End of Year Celebration from 4:30 to 6:30pm on the Car Barn Patio, also on Tuesday, April 30,complete with tasty food (including vegan and vegetarian options) and fun times with your fellow graduate workers immediately following the Member Meeting.

RSVP here so we have enough food for everyone!

We look forward to seeing you next Tuesday.

In Solidarity,

GAGE Organizing Committee


TOMORROW: Working Conditions Town Hall

We have some inspiring news to share! Yesterday, on-campus dining hall workers affiliated with the DC Chapter of Unite Here Local 23 concluded contract negotiations with their employers, Aramark and Georgetown. Their contract includes wage raises, healthcare improvements, and workplace protections--demonstrating the real power of organizing and collective bargaining. GAGE congratulates our fellow workers on a job well done!

In that spirit, we are hosting a Working Conditions Town Hall Tomorrow, April 17th from 4:10 to 5pm in ICC 118. This will be a safe space where you can speak openly and frankly about your working conditions as we bargain over things that impact each of us. We are hoping to get a better sense of issues of workplace safety, fair treatment, and transparency that affect graduate workers.

Finally, please mark your calendars for our End of Year Member Meeting & Celebration, which will take place on Tuesday afternoon, April 30th on the Car Barn Patio. This is an opportunity for GAGE members to come together over food and drink to discuss the progress we have made and our plans for the future.

If you have not already, please sign our pledge in support of GAGE’s bargaining platform. We believe that by organizing, all Georgetown graduate workers can THRIVE.

In solidarity,

GAGE Organizing Committee

GAGE Bargaining Update #3

As we approach Tax Day, our Bargaining Committee continues to meet with the administration in order to negotiate a contract for the whole person. This past Monday, the committee introduced eight proposals in total --

Notably, representatives introduced a resolution that would strengthen protections for undocumented graduate workers and transform Georgetown into a sanctuary campus. While we are proud to work at an institution that has an Undocumented Student Resources Center, we believe that a union contract should secure and expand university policies that support UndocuHoyas. Our Bargaining Committee chose to introduce this resolution during Undocuweek here at Georgetown in solidarity, as well as in the spirit of inclusion and vitality that form the core of our bargaining platform.

In addition to pursuing these equitable protections, a #ContractPersonalis must include  healthcare reform. We want to hear your stories about navigating Georgetown’s health insurance plan and your ideas about how we can improve it. Please consider attending our Healthcare Town HallTomorrow, Wednesday, April 10th at 4:10pm in ICC662. A strong union is a democratic union!

Finally, please mark your calendars for our Member Meeting and End-of-Semester BBQ, which will take place on Tuesday afternoon, April 30th on the Car Barn Rooftop. This is an opportunity for GAGE members to come together over food and drink to discuss the progress we have made and our plans for the future. We do not support a world where a contract for the whole person fails to include picnics.

If you have not already, please sign our pledge in support of GAGE’s bargaining platform. We believe that by organizing, all Georgetown graduate workers can THRIVE.

In solidarity,

GAGE Organizing Committee

P.S. Check out this cute photo from the Graduate Student Awards of GAGE members.


Bargaining Session #2 and Upcoming Events

Happy April, everyone! The cherry blossoms are blooming, and GAGE is bargaining. It's also exactly one year since we signed our Election Agreement! It has been quite a year.

On Friday, the Bargaining Committee met with the administration for the second round of contract negotiations to discuss proposals for union recognition and the university’s commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive graduate community.  

This is just the beginning! In the coming weeks, the Bargaining Committee will be negotiating a range of issues from transparency in hiring, to wages, to a more comprehensive health care plan. Our goal is to realize the vision of a Contract for the Whole Person that we articulated in our Opening Statement and our Bargaining Platform. Based on input from you, we are demanding more than the resources needed to meet the basic needs of everyday life, but the support, transparency, and inclusion that will enable us to thrive.

Your Bargaining Committee can’t do this alone. To win a Contract for the Whole Person, we need members like you to get involved and make your voices heard. The first thing you can do is to sign our Platform Pledge and share it on social media (FacebookTwitter, and Instagram) with the hashtag #ContractPersonalis.

Second, we encourage you to come and share your experiences and priorities as a graduate student worker with members of the Bargaining Committee at one of the town halls that we’ll be hosting over the next few weeks:

If you’re passionate about a particular issue or set of issues, you can also join a Contract Working Group (CWG) and work directly with the Bargaining Committee to craft the proposals that we will be presenting to the administration on issues like Healthcare, International Student Issues, and Working Conditions.

Working toward a more inclusive and equitable campus takes time and requires allies. Fortunately, there are existing groups and initiatives at Georgetown that graduate workers can support, like the Georgetown Solidarity Committeethe Hoya Hub, and the Students for GU272. The Students for GU272 has placed an initiative to establish a legacy fund for the descendants of the 272 enslaved men, women, and children Georgetown sold in 1838 on the ballot in the GUSA elections on Thursday, April 11. We know from our experience as graduate workers how important it is for people to have a voice in their community. If you know or are friends with any undergraduate students, you can encourage them to vote on the 11th.

Finally, you can support the Bargaining Committee by volunteering with our Communications Team (these emails don’t write themselves!) or becoming a Department Organizer (DO) and talking with your colleagues.

If you want to learn about getting involved in any way, big or small, email the Organizing Committee at Bargaining a contract can take a long time and demand a tremendous amount of work, but we have seen what we can achieve when we come together and organize as a union and a community. Organizing works!