Update: May 5, 2017
Dear Graduate Student Colleagues:
We are writing with information regarding a question about union negotiations.
What topics must be discussed at the bargaining table?
Not every issue is subject to negotiations, if a union wins the election. The law requires that the parties must negotiate in good faith over mandatory subjects of bargaining under the law. Such items fall under the heading of "wages, hours and other terms and conditions of employment."
But many topics of potential interest to graduate students are not mandatory subjects of bargaining; if one side or the other does not wish to discuss such a topic, there is no legal obligation to do so.
Examples of subjects that would likely be considered "non-mandatory" include:
For answers to other questions, visit the Graduate Student Unionization page and read the FAQs.
James M. Glaser
Dean, School of Arts and Sciences
Robert G. Cook
Dean, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences