GSWU Has Been Defeated
1857 Against Unionization to 1142 For Unionization
- On March 26th, 2012, a count of the ballots cast during the previous week revealed the UAW/GSWU was defeated by the margin above.
- On April 5th, 2012, the UAW/GSWU filed a complaint alleging improper interference in the unionization process by the University.
- On April 13th, 2012, we updated our final statement regarding the previous election.
- On May 16th, 2012, we posted our analysis of the UAW's financial records, which can be found at this page that details the money that the UAW spent on unionizing the University of Minnesota.
- On June 5th, 2012, the complaint filed by the UAW/GSWU was dismissed and the ballot count was re-certified. This document contains the entire judgment.
If you are unsure about the potential effectiveness of a graduate student union at the University of Minnesota, your concerns are not unfounded. Other than promoting the vague notion of "having a voice at the table," we do not believe that Graduate Student Workers United (GSWU/UAW) supporters have shown that their union is necessary or that it would be valuable to the university community. In short, union supporters have not been able to provide a real list of grievances that cannot be addressed through existing channels within the University.
This website is a resource for other graduate students who either share our beliefs about the GSWU or who are still trying to decide where they stand on the issue. Throughout, we focus on concrete points about why the GSWU is not a good fit for our university. In particular, we aim to show:
- On the "current benefits" page, that the University of Minnesota already offers us fair, competitive compensation.
- On the "existing policies" page, that conflicts reported by GSWU organizers can be resolved using resources we already have available to us.
- On the "concerns about UAW" page, that certain UAW policies are incompatible with the educational mission of our university.
- On the "responses to organizers' claims" page, that many of the key points that UAW organizers bring up in favor of their union are not as convincing as they may believe.
If you want to return to the homepage (this page) from any other page, just click on the "gold" banner above.
Finally, we urge you to take a look at our new Open Letter to Graduate Students so you can get a quick idea of our position, and if you want to post a few posters around campus, here's one of our favorites. There are plenty more posters on the get involved page.