*On May 1, 2024, Penn grad workers won our union election with 95% voting yes! Now, as we prepare to bargain with Penn admin as a certified union, Penn grad workers are in the process of electing our Bargaining Committee. Sign your authorization card below in order to be eligible to vote in the election, run for Bargaining Committee, and continue to stay updated about the bargaining process.

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Joining Together for a Better and More Democratic Workplace

Like thousands of academic employees across the country, we are forming a union to bargain collectively with Penn and advocate more broadly for our common interests like improved wages and health benefits, protections from discrimination or abusive treatment, and rights and protections for visa holders.

Use the form to sign a union authorization card and be counted in the majority!

Without a Union:

  • Penn is the final decision-maker on all aspects of wages, benefits and working conditions;
  • Penn may consider input about Penn Graduate Student Worker working conditions, but decides how and when to use that input;
  • Penn can change working conditions without Penn Graduate Student Workers’ agreement; and
  • Penn rules and regulations can’t be easily enforced by individual Penn Graduate Student Workers.

With a Union:

  • Penn Graduate Student Workers choose a bargaining committee that gathers input from other Penn Graduate Student Workers;
  • That bargaining committee negotiates a contract on equal footing with Penn assisted by active participation of Graduate Student Workers;
  • That contract must be approved by a vote of Penn Graduate Student Workers before it goes into effect;
  • That contract determines the terms and conditions of our employment and is binding and enforceable, usually by appeal to a neutral third party; and
  • Penn Graduate Student Workers gain a stronger public voice, working with tens of thousands of other UAW members who lobby and engage elected officials to make improvements.