Ask a Dean Category: Union Representation

What ever happened with the union vote?

Dear Deans, What ever happened with the union vote? -Curious Response Dear Curious, Thanks for your Ask a Dean question. A statement about the certification of the March 2017 graduate assistant election results can be found here. Happy New Year, Barb Barbara A. Knuth Dean of the Graduate School

Several questions about student union design

Dear Dean, I want to emphasize some deficiencies in the student union design with my questions integrated.  The representation of union organizers tells us a lot: as far as I know, the active leaders in CGSU are predominantly white, who will NOT understand sufficiently on concerns from international non-white students. I emailed the CGSU before, and…

Is the union allowed to use my name and image without my permission?

Hello Deans, It has come to my attention that CGSU has posted a photo of a banner in multiple places (website, Facebook, etc) in which member names can be seen. Many students have expressed concern that by releasing these names, CGSU violated their own constitution by not having permission from all of the students involved.…

CGSU has created negotiating committees for various constituents, is the distribution of voters equal across these committees?

Dear Dean, An amendment at CGSU regarding the creation on a Negotiating Committee allocates two representatives to each of these constituents – Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Engineering, Humanities, Social Sciences (Endowed Colleges) and Social Sciences (Statutory Colleges). Do all of these have equal number of eligible voters? How many eligible voters are there in Cornell?…

If I vote not to be represented, will my wishes be recognized?

Dear Deans, I just had a quick question about the eligible voter email I received. You stated that I will soon receive additional information about how and when to cast a vote in the ballot election to indicate whether or not I wish to be represented for purposes of collective bargaining by CGSU / AFT…

How will the election determine the desire of graduate students to have a union if eligible students can’t vote?

Buenos días Deans, My question pertains to in absentia students’ ability to participate in the upcoming union representation election. On the afternoon of Friday, March 17th, I received an email from Associate Dean for Administration Jason Kahabka instructing me, as an in absentia student and eligible voter, to contact the American Arbitration Association (AAA) to…