As the semester comes to a close, CGSU remains focused on building our union and weighing all options we have moving forward. Front and center is our campaign and election Code of Conduct with Cornell University. The validity of the March election results have been called into question because of the University’s objectionable behavior shortly before and during the election. At this time, the Union Management Committee (UMC) has begun an information gathering process, consulting both our legal counsel and Cornell’s with the aim of negotiating the terms of an amended, stronger code of conduct. Areas we hope to discuss with Cornell include: a new union recognition process and timeline, guidelines regarding University communication with graduate students about the union, and process options for the negotiation of a first collective bargaining agreement with Cornell.
Throughout this process, the UMC is committed to reaching out to membership as a whole to share what we’ve learned, as well as receiving feedback and advice from all who’d like to lend their voices to these discussions. What agreement with the University, if any, should CGSU pursue, and what should be our goals in the upcoming negotiations? A space will be created for this initial conversation on Friday, May 5, from 2:00 - 3:30 PM in Bard 245. The more input we have, the stronger we become - we hope to see you there! If you are unable to join us Friday, please feel free to reach out to any or all UMC members to ask questions and/or to share your thoughts with us. We also hope to hold further sessions as discussions progress.