Update: May 3, 2017
Dear Graduate Student Colleagues:
We would like to inform you of two important points related to the union vote:
Why is it so important to vote?
The outcome of the vote will be determined by a majority of those who vote, just like any political election. If only 20 students vote, and 11 of them vote for the union, the union would be voted in. As a result, all graduate students in the bargaining unit would be represented by the union, whether they voted or not.
If the majority of graduate students vote to unionize, by law the union would become the exclusive agent for all graduate students for all matters relating to compensation, hours, and other terms and conditions of employment. Tufts would no longer be able to communicate with graduate students directly — or through any other body or committee — on those topics, unless authorized by the union or by the collective bargaining agreement.
In order to accurately represent all students in the bargaining unit, each eligible student must vote. MAKE SURE YOU VOTE!
Don’t forget to join us for pizza and conversation tonight at 6:30 pm in Paige Hall in Medford. We’ll be there to answer any further questions.
Robert G. Cook
Dean, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
James M. Glaser
Dean, School of Arts and Sciences