Reprinted from The Washington Post by Danielle Douglas-Gabriel on November 2, 2017.
After a year of galvanizing their peers to form a labor union, a group of graduate students at Georgetown University is now asking president John DeGioia to support their efforts.
“Georgetown is a unique institution in the landscape of private universities in that it has an explicit policy rooted in its Jesuit identity that affirms the dignity of labor,” said Hailey Huget, a doctoral candidate in philosophy and a member of the Georgetown Alliance of Graduate Employees. “We hope the university will live up to those values.”
On Wednesday, the alliance held its first public rally and delivered a letter to DeGioia urging him to embrace a path different from other prominent universities that have tried to thwart similar labor campaigns.
Georgetown spokeswoman Rachel Pugh said university officials are “carefully reviewing” the letter.
The union organizers want to join the American Federation of Teachers. To do that, they need to file a petition with the National Labor Relations Board. Organizers have no firm timeline for doing that and are instead focused on being formally recognized by the university. …