On April 18 and 19, students serving in certain research and teaching positions will have the opportunity to determine if they wish to be represented by the Harvard Graduate Students Union-United Auto Workers (HGSU-UAW). This decision will be rightfully made by students, but only by the students who vote. If a majority of students vote in favor of unionization, everyone in a covered position will be bound by the resulting contract, regardless of whether they voted no or voted at all: no one can opt out of union representation.
Because this is an important decision that will affect not only current students in covered positions but also thousands of future students, it is important that eligible voters understand the issues, investigate the facts, and cast informed votes. The group of students the HGSU-UAW seeks to represent come from Schools across the University with different needs. However, all of these students will be required to pay union dues and agency fees and be bound by a single contract if the majority votes in favor of unionization.
Below you will find information about the issues at stake, voter eligibility, voting locations, past University messages to students, and a link to frequently asked questions. On the left are links to student perspectives on both sides of the issue.