Myth: “If the union forces the university to increase stipends, Princeton will have to make cuts elsewhere that could hurt me”

Reality: Right now, Princeton’s budget allocation is a secret. Graduate students have no voice in how the university allocates funds. Negotiations with a union could require that Princeton be more transparent with its financial decisions and we could find ways to increase benefits without hurting the smooth functioning of the university. It’s hard to believe that a university with a 22 billion dollar endowment lacks the funds to, say, give us the same quality of health insurance that all other Princeton employees have.