Princeton Graduate Students United (PGSU)
PGSU Demands For a Safe Workplace
The letter outlines demands to increase economic support and ensure safety for graduate student workers and staff in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It also demands that Princeton commits to an anti-racist and anti-sexist workplace that supports students of all backgrounds, supports vulnerable populations in the surrounding community, affirms workers/students’ right to organize, and protects international and immigrant workers.
The letter makes the following demands:
- Commit to a just pandemic response.
- Maintain employment, pay, and benefits for all Princeton community members.
- Allocate fellowship and postdoc funding to provide the option to extend time-to-completion fellowships and maintain employment.
- Guarantee full health coverage to all campus workers during the pandemic.
- Ensure safe working and living conditions.
- Adjust academic requirements for graduate students.
- Meet the demands of BJL, SPIA, SPEAR, and Prinecton faculty.
- Defund and abolish campus police (PSAFE).
- Commit to a survivor-led model for addressing assault and harassment.
- Provide a starting grant to all first-year graduate students for moving and travel.
- Increase and expand support for graduate workers with children.
- Extend all I-20s and DS-2019s by at least one year.
- Provide free access to legal counsel for immigration and tax matters.
- Designate Princeton as a sanctuary campus.
- Organize mandatory annual trainings on international/immigrant scholar issues.
- Hold at least two town hall meetings/semester open to all grad students.
- Include PGSU reps in University meetings and decision-making processes.
- Commit to recognizing the results of any future campus union election process.
- Provide compensation for pandemic-related income losses in Mercer County.
- Ensure that all workers including subcontracted workers earn a living wage and receive adequate workplace protections, healthcare, and pandemic relief funds.
- Redistribute wealth.