We Are Workers Day of Action!

Join members of CGSU and the greater Cornell community on October 15 to stand up for the rights of graduate employees! This will be a big national coordinated action with dozens of other grad employee unions across the country.  Tabling at Midday on Ho Plaza then activities throughout the afternoon.

CGSU has signed the following statement in preparation for October 15!


It is obvious that the graduate teaching and research assistants at private universities are workers. Across the country, we have come together in a mass unionization movement to petition the National Labor Relations Board to overturn Brown, recognize us as workers, and restore our right to collectively bargain fair contracts with our employers.

Many graduate workers at public universities are recognized as workers. However, because of the variation in state labor law, this does not hold true across all states. And even those graduate workers at public universities who are recognized as workers must constantly fight to keep this status and protect their rights and benefits. Public university graduate employees are joining We Are Workers day not only in solidarity with grad workers at private schools, but also to bolster worker movements at their own campuses.

This October 15th, we are holding public events across our campuses. We will be reaching out to the public to raise awareness about our movement, and we will be calling on the NLRB to rule quickly and favorably on our cases. Graduate worker unionization will make a stronger, more just society for everyone.

Our movement is also a declaration that teaching and research are the mission of the university. Having a voice in determining the terms of our labor will help us make the university a place where teaching and research are the first priority.

In declaring that We Are Workers, we join a rapidly growing movement of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty on university campuses all over the country who are seeking to define academic labor as labor, with the broader aim of reforming higher education.”