Union Representation Election FAQs (Archived)
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.
In advance of the election, the following FAQs were shared with students to provide information and important considerations regarding graduate student education and unionization.
UPDATED 10/30/23: What is happening?
UPDATED 10/30/23: When and where will the election be held?
What is the CGSU? What is the UE?
What is the university’s position regarding graduate student unionization?
What is the university’s approach to labor relations?
What is the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)?
What is a union?
UPDATED 10/30/23: Who is in the union?
What is the process of forming a union?
What are “authorization cards” and how are they used?
If I sign an authorization card, do I have to vote in favor of the union?
If I don’t sign an authorization card, can I still vote in an election?
What should I do if I am approached by a union organizer?
What are union dues?
Do I have to pay dues even if I do not want to be a member of a union?
What will be negotiated in collective bargaining?
How long will negotiations take?
Currently, how does the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GPSA) represent graduate student interests?
How would a union affect the GPSA and other aspects of Cornell’s model of shared governance?
What are current graduate student stipends and benefits?