Dear CGSU members,
Thanks to all your energy and support, we’re ready to take the next step in the effort to bring fairness, respect, and democracy to our workplace.
We are excited to announce that today we are notifying Cornell of our intent to file for a union recognition election!
Our choice is clear: either we can keep things the way they are—where Cornell is the sole decision-maker with regards to our working conditions—or we can vote "yes" to create a fair and democratic graduate union that will give us a seat at the decision-making table.
Join us this Wednesday, March 8 at 12:30 PM outside Bailey Hall where we will gather to show the administration the strength and enthusiasm of our union. We’ll kick things off with live music and some brief remarks before marching to Day Hall where we will deliver a giant 50 foot banner with over 1,200 petition signatures in support of CGSU. RSVP to our Facebook event so we know that you’re coming!
Now that we’re filing for the election, you can expect to hear more from the Cornell management regarding their position on unionization. The administration doesn’t want power dynamics to shift, which is why they’ve hired Proskauer Rose LLP, an extremely expensive law firm, to fight against our grad worker unionization effort. Proskauer Rose is the same firm used by the NFL, NBA, and NHL to fight against players and sports fans, and their lawyers sat in on the negotiation of our Union-University Code of Conduct agreement at the administration's request. The Cornell administration has money on their side, but we as grad students have power in numbers and in solidarity to ensure that we are treated with the fairness, respect, and democracy we deserve!
We’re excited to see you all at Bailey Hall to show the administration our strength in numbers! March with us Wednesday, and keep an eye out for updates on the forthcoming election.
Danny Rosenberg Daneri and Jaron Kent-Dobias,
Graduate Workers in Natural Resources and Physics