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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GRAD UNIONS

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Why YOU should join a Grad Union

When negotiating with Northwestern administration, as with any employer, you, as an employee, are negotiating without significant leverage. A union allows employees to pool their labor as a single resource and use it to gain negotiating power, which in turn allows the employees to win additional pay and benefits for their labor. 

 

Below we provide an overview of the basic process of union formation, recognition campaigns, and contract bargaining, as well as some details about NUGW, and finally a summary of some protections we have under the National Labor Relations Act. Feel free to ask any additional questions via the Contact Us page. Armed with this knowledge you can participate more fully and obtain a contract guaranteeing greater compensation both for yourself and graduate workers collectively.

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