Graduate Workers United (GWU) 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.

Want to get involved? Fill out this form to indicate your interest and a member of our Organizing Committee will be in touch! You can also write to us directly at to request a meeting, ask a question, share a concern, or tell your story.

NEW: In September, VGWU was lucky to host members of the Graduate Workers’ Unions at Brown and Georgetown Universities for a conversation about unionizing in the age of COVID-19. Read more.