January 20, 2023

After two days of intense discussions with USC administration and the National Labor Relations Board, we have election dates!

Election details

  • Wednesday and Thursday, February 15-16th (8 – 11AM, 12 – 3PM, and 4 – 7PM)
  • Wednesday, February 15th (9:30 – 11:30AM and 2 – 4PM)

Eligible to vote:

  • Working as a Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant, Assistant Lecturer
  • On a Training Grant (e.g. NIH T32 or T90 training grants)
  • In a STEM department and on an internal fellowship (e.g. Dornsife or Viterbi)

Eligible to vote under challenge:

  • On an external fellowship (e.g. NSF GRFP)
  • Fellows in the Marshall School’s PhD Program in Business Administration Concentration in Management and Organization in the Micro Organizational Behavior track

Please wear a face mask when you go vote!

What does “under challenge” mean?

  • You can and should vote, however your vote will not be counted unless the challenge ballots may be determinative of the outcome of the election

While it’s great news that USC moved from their initial position of opposing anyone on Fellowship being able to vote, they remain opposed to Fellows in non-STEM departments being considered employees under the National Labor Relations Act. Many of us who participated in the discussions with USC and the NLRB worked long hours to attempt to resolve this, but unfortunately could not reach an agreement outside of a subset of the Management and Organization department. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to simply respond to this email. This will also be a topic of discussion at the upcoming Town Hall (see below).

Reminder – Upcoming Events!

  • GSWOC-UAW Town Hall – Wednesday, Jan 25 at 4:00 pm via Zoom. RSVP Here to receive a link. At this Town Hall, we’ll discuss the NLRB hearing, what to expect next, and have plenty of time for questions and discussion about forming a union.
  • HSC GSWOC-UAW Coffee Hour – Thursday, Jan 26 at 12:00 pm at Broad Lawn (in front of BCC, or the Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine). Come join for Coffee and Donuts! This will also be a good place to ask questions and talk about how we can work together to build our union. RSVP Here

As always, if you have any questions or just want to learn more, please do not hesitate to simply respond to this email. You can also fill out this short survey to get more involved, follow GSWOC-UAW on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, or check out gswoc-usc.org.

In solidarity,

Ellen Herschel, Psychology (Brain and Cognitive Sciences)
Katie Googe, English
Yoni Hirshberg, Cinema and Media Studies
Stepp Mayes, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Tristan McPhail, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Meg Tiller, Religion
Julia Stal, Population and Public Health Sciences
Piril Nergis, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Maggie Davis, Sociology
Maile McCann, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Max Lien, Electrical and Computer Engineering