The Grad Employee Labor Movement

CGE is a small part of a national movement to make universities across the US better places for grads to work and learn.

As part of that movement, we are affiliated with two networks of graduate employee labor unions.
The Alliance of Graduate Employee Locals (AGEL)  includes all of the graduate employee union locals in the American Federation of Teachers and participating non-affiliated organizations dedicated to unionizing graduate employees. In 1995, this alliance formed with the mission of advancing the rights and unionization efforts of graduate employees at colleges and universities nationwide.

The Coalition of Graduate Employee Locals (CGEU)  is an association of graduate employee unions from throughout the United States and Canada. In addition to AFT grad unions, CGEU also includes grad unions affiliated with UAW, UNITE HERE, CWA, CUPE and other national unions.

CGE sends delegates to conferences hosted by both AGEL and CGEU.  These conferences give CGE members the chance to engage in the larger graduate employee labor movement and to develop skills to better serve CGE members in bargaining, organizing, and grievance representation.


Below is a list of some other schools with unions involved in the movement.

  • Brandeis University
  • Brown University
  • University of California System
  • University of Southern California
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Florida A&M
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Florida
  • University of Illinois-Chicago
  • University of Illinois-UC
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • University of Massachusetts-Boston
  • University of Massachusetts-Lowell
  • University of Michigan
  • Michigan State University
  • New York University
  • SUNY System
  • University of North Carolina
  • Ohio State University
  • University of Oregon
  • Penn State University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Rutgers University
  • Temple University
  • Tufts University
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Washington
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Yale University