Since 2016, graduate employees at over a dozen private universities including Yale have voted to unionize. The administrations at Harvard, Columbia, Brown and five other private universities have signed contracts or are currently in negotiations with graduate unions.

We want a union for:


Decisions that affect our work and scholarship are too often made without our input or knowledge. From changes in our healthcare and funding, to how we participate in decisions about hiring in our departments, we want to secure meaningful access to information and decision-making processes that impact us.


The Yale administration has made public commitments on issues from diversifying the faculty to improving mentorship. Yet few mechanisms exist to measure progress on these commitments and it is difficult to seek redress when things go wrong. We want the ability to insist on concrete goals and the tools to hold Yale to its commitments, as well as an independent grievance procedure to address discrimination, harassment, and mistreatment.


Even after many years of organizing and advocacy have made Yale more equitable, barriers to equal opportunity in the graduate school persist. Insecure employment, insufficiencies in funding and support, and gaps in our healthcare coverage disproportionately affect underrepresented minorities, international scholars, women, and graduate parents. To make Yale more accessible, we want significant resources for the recruitment and retention of underrepresented scholars, affordable child care and family healthcare, and policies to make employment and funding more secure and equitable.