Graduate Student Union
Since July 1, 2018, a collective bargaining agreement between Brandeis University and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) local 509 has governed the terms of employment for PhD students who work as Teaching Assistants (TAs) or Teaching Fellows (TFs) during their academic career. Under the Union contract, these students are called Graduate Assistants. We have put together the following FAQs to explain who is eligible to join the union and to provide some information about how you may be impacted. We will periodically update these FAQs as other common questions arise.
We recommend that all students who are eligible for membership read the entire contract, which includes more detailed information than can be presented here.
For information on the Graduate Student Union's childcare subsidy, please visit our family resources page.