February 13, 2018
Dear Members of the Boston College Community:
|On Tuesday, February 6, 2018, the Boston College Graduate Union – UAW
withdrew its petition to unionize graduate students at Boston College. As a
result of that withdrawal, on Thursday, February 8, 2018, the National
Labor Relations Board (NLRB) revoked the Certification of Representation
certifying the election results through which the NLRB had certified the
union as the exclusive bargaining agent for graduate students at Boston
College. In the simplest terms, this withdrawal and revocation of
certification means that the effort to unionize graduate students by the
UAW has concluded and the University’s Request for Review is now
moot. As of today, there is no action pending before the NLRB related to
Boston College and our graduate students and there is no legally certified
bargaining representative for graduate students at Boston College.
|Boston College reaffirms our appreciation for the ongoing and important
contributions of graduate students to the success of the University. Our
position remains that graduate student unionization in any form undermines
the collegial, mentoring relationship among students and faculty that is a
cornerstone of this academic community. Boston College continues to uphold
this fundamentally educational relationship, which we believe is in the
mutual best interest of students and faculty.
|We remain committed to providing our graduate students tax-free tuition
remission and competitive stipends, as well as offering excellent health
care benefits for our doctoral graduate teaching and research assistants.
We will continue to review the benefits we provide to our graduate students
and to care for them as valued members of the BC Community. We look forward
to their continued contributions to the University.