The following is an abridged timeline of PGSU’s recent activism. We’ve been organizing grad students and advocating for student rights since our founding in 2016. Check out our full timeline at the end of our guide to Princeton—Princeton 101.
- Along with Princeton Disability Collective, we petitioned the university to continue making virtual learning and teaching available after an abrupt announcement revoking virtual options.
- We released an open letter in response to another abrupt change to the student health plan, rolling back benefits added to support students during the COVID pandemic. This change was made on very short notice and without consulting graduate workers or their families. We organized a coordinated campaign demanding that university administrators reverse this change.
- We petitioned that the University extend access to COVID resources to the surrounding community as part of the COVID action group (PGSU, Princeton Anti-Austerity Coalition, Princeton Mutual Aid, Unidad Latina en Acción NJ, Divest Princeton, and PUPSG).
- Our petition details how Princeton’s COVID response falls short of protecting the university community. Over 700 sign.
- We released an open letter calling on Princeton to “Stop the Clock” and provide a one year funding extension to all grads. Over 1,100 sign.
- Hold a “Day of Action” where over 200 participate in a coordinated campaign demanding university admins respond to our petitions. We fill up 11 voicemail boxes and run out of people to call!
- Active organizers with PGSU increase exponentially, work proceeds along a number of subcommittees and with closely related entities, including the anti-austerity coalition, international and immigrant student working group, cross-campus organizing, and town outreach and mutual aid.
- Big boost in social media presence, communications campaigns highlight individual grads’ testimonials and continue to shine light on university hypocrisy and shortcomings.
- NLRB has not yet taken up a case to overturn the Columbia decision, instead proposes to make a rule change nullifying our status as workers.
- PGSU participates in an AFT Academics nationwide campaign to submit public comments to the NLRB opposing the rule change.
- Organize around payment transparency as we notice some weird deductions from paychecks. Princeton responds by implementing monthly “stipend deduction request” emails from Student Accounts.
Spring and Summer 2019
- Organize actions around abrupt changes to the Student Health Plan.
- Organize a workers’ inquiry on housing and another housing forum.