Effective July 1, 2018, a collective bargaining agreement between Brandeis University and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) local 509 governing the terms of employment for graduate assistants has taken effect. As with any new agreement affecting workplace practices, we expect questions to arise as we move forward. Also, it will take time to transition to implementing practices that are part of the collective agreement. With this in mind, we have put together the following FAQs explaining who is eligible to join the union, and providing 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.

Table 1

Title in most recent appointment letter from GSAS
Are you an instructor of record for a non-lab course?
Are you holding office hours, leading discussion sections or labs, occasionally teaching, and student advising?
Are you a PhD student?
New title following the union contract
Teaching Fellow Yes Yes Yes Teaching Fellow
Teaching Fellow No Yes Yes Teaching Assistant
Teaching Fellow No No Yes Grader (non-union)
Course Assistant No Yes Yes Teaching Assistant
Course Assistant No Yes No Course Assistant (non-union)
Grader No No Yes Grader (non-union)
Grader No No No Grader (non-union)

Table 2

School/Job Title
Pre-agreement
2018-19
2019-20
2020-21
GSAS: Teaching Assistant $3,200.00 $3,400.00 $3,550.00 $3,720.00
GSAS: Teaching Fellow $3,200.00 $4,550.00 $4,800.00 $5,000.00
IBS: Teaching Assistant $3000.00 $3,150.00 $3,465.00 $3,720.00
Heller: Teaching Assistant $2500.00 $30,50.00 $3,390.00 $3,720.00