Ask a Dean Category: Union Representation

How did the union representative know where I live?

Dear Deans, As per a communication from Dean Knuth on 15 March, I wrote to the arbitrator that same day to request that my local address be withheld from the union representatives et al. The reply I received from Howard Edelman the next day (before 5pm) read: “The Protective Order is granted to the extent…

Several concerns about health and lab safety

Hello, This forum has been a great resource over the past months. Thanks for hosting it! I understand one of the main purposes of the union for students in science and engineering fields is provide safer working conditions and provide workers compensation in the event of a research related injury. I wanted to know if…

Which email address is correct for the arbitrator?

Preamble:   This question was posed in response to two emails that were sent on Tuesday, March 14, and Wednesday, March 15, 2017 to students who are eligible to vote in the anticipated union representation election. Not all Ask a Dean readers will have received those emails, because not all Graduate School students are eligible to…

Thank you and who did you pick for the Final Four?

Hello Deans! I’m a second year doctoral student in engineering. I’ve been keeping up with the Ask a Dean series and although I’m saddened by the vitriol of some of the questions recently, I just wanted to express my gratitude for the informative and patient responses. This unionization push has certainly gotten tense, and I…

Comment #4 about Ask a Dean 3/16/17

Dear Dean, I just want to thank you for your feedback from the Ask A Dean. I’ve been following this Union matter since it started and based on my experience I think that Grad School is good the way it is. I always found the Grad School supportive when I needed it and all my…

Will the GPSA still be able to represent me if Cornell unionizes?

Hello, During my time at Cornell, the GPSA has acted as a representative for me as a graduate student. If Cornell unionizes, will the GPSA still be able to act as an advocate for graduate students?  Thanks, Undecided Response Dear Undecided, Thanks for your Ask a Dean question.  The Union Representation FAQ includes details regarding…

Thank you #2

Hi Deans, I have enjoyed reading the ask a Dean section of the graduate school announcements. I find the responses would have been very useful in my first semester at Cornell when I was still figuring everything out (ie information on workers comp and healthcare.) Also, your responses regarding the union are helpful. Thanks, Appreciative…

Thank you #1

Dear Deans,  I have just read your latest announcements – special edition. I would just like to say thank you for being so open, transparent, and supportive during this whole process.  I was compelled to write you a thank you note after reading the question from the Disappointed Graduate Student who states “I am an…