The only independent undergraduate labor union in the country, UGSDW is a democratic organization that fights for fair wages and working conditions for Grinnell College workers.

Our Principles

Our History

The Union of Grinnell Student Dining Workers was started in the spring of 2016 to represent student workers in the dining hall. After the union filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board in April, an election was held to determine whether workers wanted the union to represent them. Employees overwhelmingly chose to be represented by the union, voting in favor by a 91% margin.

Since then, we’ve expanded to include all Dining Services workers. We’ve fought for, and won:


The union has four elected officers, who each serve a term of one year.

Alec Doss  President
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Quinn Ercolani  Vice President
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Sam Xu  Treasurer
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**  Secretary
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Financial and Government Reports

End-of-Year Financial Reports

FY 2017

LM-4 Reports

2017 LM-4