Cornell graduate employees, admin ink election pact

Exciting news! The code of conduct with the admin is signed and live. Check out the media release here and the details of the agreement here.

Several press outlets have already covered this agreement.

Ithaca Voice

Ithaca Journal:

Inside Higher Ed:

Bloomberg BNA:

Politico (3rd story under the NLRB Update)

Politico Pro (Behind a Paywall, full text below)

Stay tuned for more coverage on this big agreement!


Politico Pro: Cornell Grad Students Move Towards Union Elections

By Keshia Clukey

06/01/2016 03:16 PM EDT

Graduate students at Cornell University reached an agreement Wednesday with the university’s administration allowing them to hold a union campaign and election, according to a news release from the American Federation of Teachers.

The Cornell Graduate Students United is affiliated with the AFT and New York State United Teachers. The administration and Cornell Graduate Students United agreed upon a code of conduct that would allow for a union election should the National Labor Relations Board decide later this year to officially classify graduate assistants as employees, according to the release. An election would lead to formal recognition.

Under the agreement, a joint union-management committee comprised of university and Cornell Graduate Students United representatives will be formed to answer inquiries and address issues as they arise, according to the release.

“This agreement marks the opportunity for Cornell grads to begin to have a say over the terms and conditions of their employment,” AFT president Randi Weingarten said in the release. “I am confident CGSU and Cornell can work together to achieve mutual gains and that the agreement can serve as a guiding light for higher education institutions across the Ivy League and around the country.”

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