Stand Up for Graduate Student Employees (SUGSE) has fought for graduate-worker rights and protections at Brown University since 2014. As researchers, teachers, and mentors at Brown, graduate workers are vital to the everyday working of the university. SUGSE is organizing a union in order to participate as equal partners in the decisions that affect our lives. Through collective bargaining and collective action, we will advocate for the needs of a diverse student body, fight against discrimination in all its forms, and nurture a caring community that supports the personal and professional lives of all student workers.
Today we got one step closer to a fair contract: we announced the procedure to elect a bargaining committee. See our election announcement, or below, for more information on how to get involved and represent your fellow grad workers. We need you! Bargaining Committee Election Announcement The Bargaining Committee (BC) is an elected group … Continue reading Make your voice heard—join the Bargaining Committee!
We’re really excited to share our union’s bargaining survey with you. This is the first step toward building a better Brown that includes graduate worker voices. Here’s a link to the survey. Last semester we won our union election, and now we get a seat at the table. As we look ahead to bargaining our first … Continue reading Take our Bargaining Survey!
We’re having an election! Graduate workers at Brown have officially given notice to our employer that we are moving forward with a union election. This is a huge step in our campaign to win a union, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the overwhelming support and action we’ve seen from graduate workers across the … Continue reading We’re having an election!
SUGSE and Provost Locke have signed an agreement that allows us to hold an election without the interference of Trump’s Labor Board. This agreement comes after more than a year of work, and will empower PhD and Masters graduate workers to vote for a union and bargain collectively over our working conditions. Reaching this election … Continue reading Our election agreement: one step closer to a vote!