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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GRAD UNIONS

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Why YOU should join a Grad Union

As an individual employee, you have limited leverage when negotiating with the Northwestern administration. 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, protection, and benefits for their labor. 

Unions give workers a democratic voice in the workplace. When workers are organized in a union, they are able to negotiate for better wages, benefits, and working conditions with their employers.

The information below provides an overview of:

  • the process of union formation
  • recognition campaigns
  • contract bargaining
  • details about NUGW
  • a summary of protections we have under the National Labor Relations Act.

Please ask any additional questions by reaching out to your department organizer and/or contacting usArmed 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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FAQ last updated: December 29th, 2022

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