Department of English

Department Statement on Graduate Student Unionization

May 16, 2017

The faculty members of the department of English would like to express their collective support for graduate instructors. Both in their capacity as teaching fellows and as instructors of record in courses such as the University Writing Seminar, these individuals perform essential work for the university. We support these instructors in their efforts to achieve adequate compensation for their labors as well as appropriate levels of healthcare, professional development, and job security.

Brandeis University as an institution makes regular appeals to social justice, and our namesake was a clear and influential advocate for labor rights. English department faculty members consider support for graduate instructors' unionization to be consistent with the highest ideals of the university as a whole.