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Conduct During an Election

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  1. Are union representatives allowed to approach students on campus during the pre-election campaign to talk about the benefits of union representation and solicit signatures on authorization cards?

1.  Are union representatives allowed to approach students on campus during the pre-election campaign to talk about the benefits of union representation and solicit signatures on authorization cards?

According to the U-UCRREA, union representatives are allowed appropriate access to graduate student offices, lounges, and other facilities and spaces that are typically occupied by graduate students.  If areas are designated as limited access, restricted, hazardous, containing vertebrate animals, requiring specific safety training, or otherwise entry-controlled, union representatives should not be entering these areas without explicit permission from those with authority for the space (such as a university facility manager or the faculty principal investigator). Graduate students should feel free to accept, reject, or reschedule discussions with union representatives as they wish, or suggest a more convenient time or place.


2.  Who should I contact if a faculty or staff is making inappropriate or inaccurate comments about union representation of graduate students at Cornell or if CGSU/AFT/NYSUT is making inappropriate or inaccurate comments about union representation of graduate students at Cornell?

  • Union-Management Committee: A Union-Management Committee has been established to interpret and implement the Agreement between the Union and Cornell, with membership for the Union (CGSU/NYSUT/AFT) including four Cornell graduate students from CGSU, Michaela Brangan, Colin Clement, Maggie Gustafson, and Radu Parvulescu, AFT staff Victoria Miller, NYSUT staff Daniel Esakoff, and for Management (Cornell) Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Mary Opperman, Senior Director of Workforce Policy and Labor Relations Laurie Johnston, Senior Vice Provost and Dean Barbara Knuth, Associate Dean for Administration Jason Kahabka, and Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs Jan Allen. The main contacts for the UMC are Laurie Johnston at lmj6@cornell.edu and Victoria Miller at vmiller@aft.org.
  • Concerns: Students with concerns about discussions regarding union representation of graduate students at Cornell should feel free to contact the UMC as above (via Laurie Johnston and Victoria Miller), and the issues will be discussed and resolutions identified, as appropriate, by the Union-Management Committee.  Please provide as much specific information about your concern as possible, to assist the Union-Management Committee with understanding the details.
  • Immediate Concerns: For more immediate concerns that require a rapid response, please contact Victoria Miller at vmiller@aft.org (CGSU/AFT/NYSUT response), Laurie Johnston at lmj6@cornell.edu (Cornell labor relations response), or Jason Kahabka at jek15@cornell.edu (Graduate School response).

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