The following is a chronological collection of GW-GSU’s public documents.
Originally published in the GW Hatchet on September 25, 2017, our “Dear Colleagues” letter summarized the reasons for beginning our union drive.
On February 28, 2018, GW GSU sent a brief letter to President Thomas LeBlanc requesting a meeting to discuss union recognition. On March 6th, Provost Forrest Maltzman responded and declined to meet. Two days later, GSU replied to Maltzman’s letter and again demanded a fair and impartial election to determine union recognition. Nine undergraduate organizations signed on to our letter in support.
“Message from Provost Maltzman on Graduate Student Unionization:” March 9th, 2018.
After receiving our March 8th letter, the university solidified its position and published it on the administration’s newsletter, “GW Today.”
“SR-S18-18 Graduate Worker Unionization Support Act,” March 22, 2018.
Shortly after the universities decision The GW Student Senate Assembly unanimously passed a resolution demanding the university meet with us to discuss unionization.
We first delivered this letter and petition, which gained more than one hundred signatures, to President LeBlanc and Dean Danielle Lico (who is tasked with managing the Colonial Health Center) on April 19th. We followed up with the Division of Student Affairs via email on April 30th. To date, we have received no response.
Letter of Support from Georgetown Alliance of Graduate Employees: April 26, 2018.
Georgetown’s graduate student union, GAGE, joined us in solidarity for our first “grade in.” Since Georgetown agreed to GAGE’s demand for a third party election– the very demand we are asking our institution– they drafted a letter of support.
GWUFA, an association representing roughly one quarter of full-time professors at GW, drafted a letter supporting our union drive. GWUFA dismisses GWU’s argument that a union would in any way disrupt an academic mentor-mentee relationship and insists that collective bargaining could improve our quality of life.