Teachers and Researchers United: The JHU Grad Workers Union

No Compensation, No Graduation!

Graduate student workers came together on May 23, 2024, in solidarity to demonstrate that TRU will only accept a fair and equal contract!
Hopkins misrepresented and misinterpreted our agreed upon contract, which would lead to unpaid wages for our fellow graduate student workers.

99.5% Yes: We Ratified Our Tentative Agreement!

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From the first day of contract negotiations, TRU showed JHU that graduate student workers were not going to accept anything less than a fair contract. Read the highlights of our contract here, including historic wins setting a new standard for grad labor around the country! 

If you haven’t yet, sign your new membership card to be able to participate in our democratic union!

Hopkins Works Because We Do.

Want to join the union as a voting member or get more involved in enforcing the contract and building worker power at Hopkins? Click one of the links below!

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Over 2,000 Hopkins PhD students made history, with a record setting 97% of grads coming to the polls to vote YES to have TRU-UE represent ourselves to collectively bargain for a better Hopkins. Because of this overwhelmingly strong support of each and every grad worker at Hopkins who took to the polls and demanded change, we knew that when we organize together – we win. 

Throughout bargaining, we showed up for rallies, testimonial-readings, and a 500-person practice picket line, keeping pressure on the administration and demonstrating that we would not accept a subpar contract. Our Tentative Agreement makes it clear: grad workers delivered major wins for each other!

We are Teachers and Researchers United

We are a movement of graduate student workers at Johns Hopkins University organizing a union in order to win improvements in our working conditions and demand dignity, respect, and a contract. From labs to classrooms, graduate workers at JHU keep the university running. As scholars and as teaching and research assistants, we exercise care and expertise in building the twin pillars of higher education: research and instruction.

We are affiliated with United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers (UE). We share their belief that unions are for everyone, and that a member-led and organized union is the best way to achieve wins for workers.

United Electrical - The Union for Everyone