As people around the country debate whether the concept of student assistant unionization is positive or negative, we are encouraging the members of our community to become educated on the issue and to discuss among ourselves whether it is right for Washington University and its students. 

To facilitate this conversation, we have created this website to provide general information about union representation, the NLRB election process and collective bargaining. We hope you find this information helpful.


Washington University has an enduring history of commitment to doctoral education and we remain dedicated in our mission to invest in the preparation of the next generation of academics and citizen scholars. The education of our doctoral students is imperative for the growth of our community and the preservation of our reputation as a distinct research institution of higher education. 


Students are encouraged to read the NLRB’s notice of election.

Frequently Asked Questions

Unionization may negatively impact the University’s ability to provide the education and training students expect and deserve.

WashU supports graduate students with extensive resources, and graduate students work with faculty and others to shape those decisions.

Whether you vote to establish a union or not, the formation of a union would impact your experience at WashU.