Get Involved

Our union is only as strong as we make it. It’s on us to work together in common cause to achieve our goals and build union power for Cornell graduates.  Here’s how you can be an active member of CGSU and be part of the fight for greater fairness, respect, and democracy for us all.

Get Text Notifications from CGSU

Want to know when and where rallies, votes and important meetings are held? You can sign up to receive text updates from CGSU right on your phone! Just text CGSU to 69238 and follow the prompts. CGSU will never charge you for this service, but ordinary messaging charges from your carrier may apply.

Become an Organizer for your Field

Volunteer member organizers serve as a vital link between Cornell grads and the leadership structures of CGSU. They are critical to building an active and involved union in our workplace. Organizers help build a strong union presence in their field, provide information about union actions and events to their coworkers, and actively encourage other grads to participate in CGSU.  We hold regular trainings for new member organizers, and no experience is necessary to get involved in building our union!

Yes, contact me about becoming a member organizer in CGSU!

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Join a Union Committee or Working Group

Standing committees are where union work gets done in between the general assemblies. Any member can join any standing committee. The following committees are part of our constitution.



The organizing committee is charged with planning and executing our organizing strategy to build and invigorate our membership. Contact:


Communication & Outreach

The communication and outreach committee works on communicating with members, potential members, and other allies and like minded groups on campus and beyond. In charge of website as well as party planning. Contact:


Research & Contract

The research and contract committee conducts research, planning, and mapping exercises to guide the union’s strategic organizing and bargaining efforts. Oversees contract development and implementation. Contact:



The grievances committee functions as a forum for members and non-­members to report problems, grievances and issues the Union can work on, initiate an inquiry, or advocate. Contact:



The unity committee serves as a forum to discuss and resolve issues that affect those who are historically underrepresented or marginalized on college campuses, in union structures, and in the workplace generally. Contact:


Legal Affairs

The Legal Affairs Committee responsible for maintaining the constitution and develop long term strategies for collective bargaining. Contact:


Working groups

Working groups are committees developed for the purpose of solving a particular issue. Any member can start a working group and they are temporary in nature. They provide the membership a voice outside of the Steering Committee. As examples, past working groups have been on issues like changes to the website, additions to the constitution, and composition of committees. Any important decisions are then presented as proposals at general membership meetings and voted on, or sometimes require a referendum. Contact: