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!

Spring Schedule of Listening Sessions

Happy spring! As the flowers bloom, so does our union. Honestly, we’re all just happy the sun is shining again.

Your Organizing Committee has been hard at work putting together a series of listening sessions and events designed to answer your questions and hear your stories. As we continue supporting our Bargaining Committee, it is our mission to keep our members informed and actively involved in our work. GAGE is for all of us, and we couldn’t do this without you.

Our first listening sessions are scheduled for this week and are designed specifically to address the concerns and hear the stories of Masters student-workers across campus. GAGE is proud to represent graduate workers in the McDonough School of Business, McCourt School of Public Policy, Walsh School of Foreign Service, School of Continuing Studies, the Medical Center and across departments in the Graduate School of Arts & Science. 

If you are a Masters Student-Worker or know one, come share the experiences as a TA, an RA, or an instructor of record with members of our bargaining team and discuss what issues you think need to be addressed in our contract so we all may THRIVE!

Masters Student-Worker Listening Sessions

Tues, March 26th, 4:00 - 4:50 pm (ICC 231)
Wed, March 27th, 1:00 - 1:50 pm (Car Barn 205)

Support Our Bargaining Team

Friday is our next day of contract bargaining. We have organized two events to support our team and celebrate our progress. Come join us in the morning before we meet with the administration for caffeine and conversation, and then later in the afternoon for drinks, camaraderie, and a campaign update:

Coffee/ Tea Pre-Bargaining
Fri, March 29th, 12:00 - 12:50 pm (ICC 105)

Bargaining Kick-Off Happy Hour
Fri, March 29th, 4:00 - 6:00 pm, (Bulldog Tavern)

April Events

GAGE succeeds in part because we are comprised of student-workers with a range of backgrounds and needs. Recognizing our diversity as a source of strength, we have organized a number of other town halls and listening sessions. We want to hear from all of you. Please mark your calendars:

International Students Listening Sessions
Wed, April 3rd, 4:10 - 5:00 pm (ICC 118)

Healthcare Listening Session
Wed, April 10th, 4:10 - 5:00 pm (ICC 662)

Working Conditions Listening Session
Wed, April 17, 4:10 - 5:00 pm (ICC 118)

We could not do this without graduate student-workers like you. Show your support for GAGE and our bargaining platform by signing our pledgeWe deserve a Contract for the Whole Person so that all of us can THRIVE.