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Vanderbilt Graduate Workers United (VGWU) is an independent organization dedicated to forming a labor union for graduate workers at Vanderbilt University. Our mission is to build a union that includes all Vanderbilt graduate workers, whether you work in STEM, humanities, Peabody, or social sciences. We seek a binding employment contract with our administration that addresses our economic, professional, and communal needs and acknowledges our contributions as laboratory workers, research assistants, teaching assistants, instructors of record, and professional scholars.

We are available to meet with your department’s graduate student association or your professional or social organization to talk about our campaign to win a union and a contract.

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Learn more about grad worker unions, myths told by the administration, and VGWU’s successful history of winning meaningful change on issues that matter to VU grads.