Update: April 28, 2017
Dear Graduate Student Colleagues:
Union dues and fees might be among the questions you have related to possible graduate student unionization. Below are some answers and we also encourage you to visit our FAQ page to learn more.
Q: If the union wins will I have to pay dues?
A: The short answer is probably "yes." Most union contracts require unionized employees to pay union dues or an agency fee. For example, Tufts lecturers in the School of Arts and Sciences pay 1.5% of their salaries in union dues. Lecturers who choose not to pay dues must pay an agency fee of 1.22% of their salaries. Non-payment of either dues or agency fees results in dismissal of the lecturer.
Q. What if I don’t pay, or don’t want to pay because I am against the union?
A. It is unclear what the union would do if graduate students fail to pay dues or fees, and it may depend on what the union and the University include in the collective bargaining agreement. One possibility could be graduate students being denied opportunities to teach and/or conduct research. This could have serious implications for graduate students, since teaching and research are vital to their professional training. Moreover, research practice is a degree requirement in many programs.
James M. Glaser
Dean, School of Arts and Sciences
Robert G. Cook
Dean, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences