Expanding UGSDW Representation to All

A Voice for Everyone.

Student workers deserve a say. UGSDW can give them one.

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Why a union?

Workers deserve a voice. Without student workers, there would be no food, no library, no mentor sessions, no mail delivery. We do vital work for the college. Some students work 20 hours a week. We should have a say in how we work.

Grinnell has always valued self-governance. College president George Gates famously said that “It is 10,000 times better that young people should learn to govern themselves.” Despite this, self-governance is notably absent in the workplace. Wages and hours are set arbitrarily by the administration, and jobs can disappear without notice or discussion.

Expansion announcement

UGSDW can provide a voice to student workers. Together, we can advocate for our common goals in a way that has not been possible before. We have an opportunity to fundamentally rethink the relationship between student labor and the college. We can make Grinnell the most unionized campus in the country, a place where democracy and fair wages are the rule rather than the exception.

“Student workers can shape the college that they serve. The fight to increase dining hall wages is an amazing and powerful example of we can do when we combine our voices in the name of student power.”
— Langston Thomas ’19, peer educator and vice-chair of SPARC

Our Platform

If students choose to be represented by UGSDW, we will begin negotiating a contract with Grinnell. First, we’ll survey our members and hold meetings to decide bargaining priorities. A bargaining comitee comprised of workers from across campus will then sit down with college administrators and negotiate over wages, benefits, rules, and more.

In our discussions with student workers, several key issues have come up again and again. These are issues that will be central to our first contract campaign:

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