Myth : “A union is a third party that would interfere with the relationships between grads and their advisors.”

Reality: A graduate student union consists of graduate students. The leadership committee is and will always be made of up graduate students, as will the committee that negotiates our contract with the University. We graduate students will have full control of the structures and bylaws of the union and will make every decision, from the most mundane to the most important. When the administration says that a grad student union would be a third party, what they are saying is that graduate students are a third party here at Princeton. We cannot stress just how much we disagree. We are integral to the success of the university as a whole (and it’s worth noting that the Graduate School agrees, see p. 8), and as such, we deserve a role in shaping the conditions of our employment.