What Does this Mean as a Grad Student?
- Your advisor, staff, or Hopkins administration CANNOT prohibit you from organizing or supporting TRU!
- This legal right applies equally to both domestic and international students. For more information of particular relevance for international students, please see TRU’s International Student Working Group page.
- Nonetheless, the threat of retaliation can be a real fear. This is part of the point of unionizing: if we stand together, individual workers can be protected by the support of their peers.
- If your advisor, or any other Hopkins employee, threatens your funding, degree progress, or academic standing in retaliation for your support of TRU-UE, they are violating federal law. You can learn more about illegal retaliation from the US Equal Employment and Opportunity Commission, and report illegal union-busting activity when you see it.
- You have a right to safe, healthy, and fair working conditions. Many employers, sometimes Hopkins, violate these fundamental rights. This includes the right to a workplace free of recognized safety hazards, the right to compensation for injury, and the right to a workplace free of age, ethnicity/race, gender, religious, or sexual discrimination.
- You cannot be assigned to more difficult work tasks or given an increased workload in response, or retaliation to, union organizing; nor can you be removed from your projects or thesis work. This constitutes an unfair labor practice, and an NLRB investigation can be conducted.
- International and domestic students have the same protected right to participate in collective action, including rallies and strikes.
- Contact the union organizer in your department, or firstname.lastname@example.org, if you believe any of your rights have been violated.