We have been Ph.D. graduate students, have mentored other students in our classrooms and labs as faculty members, and now work in partnership with our schools and divisions to continually improve graduate education. 

The University believes that union representation would fundamentally and negatively alter the student-faculty relationship and educational experience and would impair our ability to deliver the highest quality academic training. Inserting a third party into that relationship, especially one with no experience or expertise in graduate student education, would impair the student-mentor relationship and the flexibility necessary to continually improve our students’ educational experiences.

We acknowledge that some of you may be unhappy with aspects of your graduate education experience, and we want to engage directly with you to try to find solutions.

We urge all of you to become informed about unions in general, the SEIU in particular, and the NLRB election and collective bargaining processes.