Union Representation

Cornell University is committed to supporting the education and well-being of our graduate students, who play crucial roles in the university’s education, research, and outreach missions.

In an election held November 6-8, 2023, eligible graduate assistants voted to approve the United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America (UE) as their exclusive representative for the purposes of collective bargaining. The members of the bargaining unit are teaching assistants, graduate research assistants, research assistants, and graduate assistants at the Ithaca, Geneva, and Cornell Tech campuses.

The university has begun the process of collective bargaining with the UE.


Faculty and staff

  • To answer questions faculty and staff may have about unionization, the bargaining process, “terms and conditions” of employment, and other related matters, the university has assembled resources on the Graduate Assistant Unionization Update website.

Graduate students