Welcome to BCGEU-UAW! As we continue fighting for our democratic rights as workers, it is imperative that all of us pitch in and participate. Together our power is strongest, and together we can bargain for our collective good. Signing a membership card is the first step in that process: it represents one's membership in the union, and allows one to participate in the democratic process of securing a contract. For example, cardholders will vote on bargaining priorities, the makeup of the bargaining committee, and ratifying the first contract.
Collective bargaining means more rights and more power to shape our lives. Collectively we have more power to negotiate than we have as individuals. No one will pay any dues or fees until graduate employees have democratically approved a contract.
Without a union:
- The University unilaterally determines our working conditions and can change them at any time without our consent.
With a union:
- We elect a bargaining committee that gathers input from graduate employees across the University.
- That bargaining committee negotiates a contract on equal footing with the University.
- That contract can only be approved democratically, through a graduate employee vote.
- That contract determines our terms and conditions of employment and is binding and enforceable, usually through appeal to a neutral arbitrator.
"I consider it important, indeed urgently necessary, for intellectual workers to get together, both to protect their own economic status and, also, generally speaking, to secure their influence in the political field." -Albert Einstein, on why he joined the faculty union at Princeton as a charter member.