Thank you in advance for voting on the composition of the Boston College Graduate Employees Union-UAW bargaining committee. Below you will find proposals for bargaining committee composition and sample ballots corresponding with each proposal. Voting ends on Wednesday, November 22, at 11:59PM.

If you know an RA or TA who has not received this email but would like to vote, please ask them to e-mail us at bcgradunion@gmail.com so they can participate.

Proposals for Bargaining Committee Composition

When discussing bargaining committee composition, we are considering both an “at-large” committee membership, in which bargaining committee members can be elected from any school of the university, and  “jurisdictional” membership, in which we elect a prescribed number of members from a set of jurisdictions based on schools. Jurisdictional voting would require the election of one member from each of the following jurisdictions: 1) MGSAS natural sciences, 2) MGSAS humanities and social sciences, 3) Lynch School of Education, 4) Social Work and Connell School of Nursing, and 5) CSOM and Law. Please see the Sample Ballots below for examples of each approach to committee composition.

In either at-large or jurisdictional composition, all members of the unit (defined for this purpose as all current graduate workers, current students  who have worked in the past, and those required to work for BC as a TA or RA in the future) vote on all members of the committee (not just on their jurisdiction). Likewise, all members of the committee are expected to bargain for the good of the unit as a whole according to the bargaining goals ratified by the entire unit membership.

Other university unions have taken varied approaches to the question of bargaining committee composition. The UC grad workers and UC postdocs are the only bargaining committees in higher education that used a jurisdictional system to negotiate their first contract. This allowed them to more easily represent multiple campuses in one contract negotiation. In contrast, many university unions (e.g., NYU, UConn) have chosen to take an at-large approach. Though lacking an explicitly representative structure in terms of school and department, these unions have consistently elected bargaining committees that are diverse in those terms.

IN SUM:

Voting on the composition of the bargaining committee will take place online from Wednesday, November 8, through Wednesday, November 22.

 

Proposals for bargaining committee composition include the following:

  1. The bargaining committee will have five members, all running and elected at large.
  2. The bargaining committee will have five members, one each elected at large from the following five jurisdictions: 1) Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences – Natural Sciences 2) Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences – Humanities and Social Sciences 3) Lynch School of Education 4) Connell School of Nursing and School of Social Work 5)Carroll School of Management and Law School.

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Sample Ballots

For an at-large election of five members (proposal 1):

Please vote for FIVE of the following candidates:

Candidate A

Candidate B

Candidate C

Candidate D

Candidate E

Candidate F

Candidate G

Candidate H

 

For a jurisdictional election of five members (proposal 2):

Please vote for ONE candidate in EACH of the following five jurisdictions:

MGSAS Natural Sciences

Candidate A

Candidate B

Candidate C

MGSAS Humanities and Social Sciences

Candidate D

Candidate E

Lynch School of Education (LSOE)

Candidate F

Candidate G

Candidate H

Social Work/Nursing

Candidate I

Candidate J

Candidate K

CSOM/Law

Candidate L

Candidate M

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