BCGEU-UAW Bargaining Survey
This survey gives graduate workers (GWs) the opportunity to provide information about our priorities to our elected bargaining committee. The bargaining committee will use the surveys to prepare a bargaining platform, which we will then have the opportunity to vote on. After democratic approval of our bargaining platform, the bargaining committee can negotiate with confidence for the needs of all Boston College graduate employees. No one will pay dues or fees until a contract has been democratically approved by the graduate workers at Boston College.
First Name *
Last Name *
Personal/Non-BC Email
BC Email *
Phone number
Department *
Degree Program
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Year Started at BC
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Previous Job Title(s) *
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Expected Future Job Title(s) *
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COVID-19 Pandemic Response by BC
This section focuses on the response that the BC administration has taken toward the COVID-19 pandemic, including changes in graduate work and the move away from on-campus work.
What has been your experience of the campus shutdown and the BC administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic?
What has your department or school done particularly well? What have they done poorly?
Going forward, what action would you like to see from the BC administration to ensure that the BC community is safe and secure?
Working Conditions, Rights, & Protections
This section covers the changes we'd like to see in our working conditions, as well as workplace rights and conditions. There will be a later section where we'll cover more core economic issues like wages and benefits.
Health and Safety
High Priority
Medium Priority
Low Priority
Ensure a safe and healthy work environment
Require BC to provide safety equipment and garments (PPE) at no cost to grad workers
Establish clear protocols to limit worker exposure to hazardous conditions, including potential contagious illnesses
Ensure protection from retaliation for staying home when sick
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Please describe why you chose these ratings on health and safety issues.
Non-Discrimination
High Priority
Medium Priority
Low Priority
Strengthen protections against all forms of sexual harassment, including a neutral process that supports and protects survivors
Strengthen protections against racial discrimination, for both interpersonal and institutional discrimination
Strengthen protections against disability discrimination
Increase disability access and services, including funds for mandatory paperwork
Strengthen protections against discrimination based on gender identity and expression, as well as sexual orientation
Label single stall bathrooms with title “Restroom” instead of gendered restrooms.
Strengthen protections against other forms of discrimination (please comment with specifics)
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Please describe why you chose these ratings on non-discrimination issues.
Time Off and Leave from Work
High priority
Medium priority
Low priority
Ensure minimum vacation time, holidays and leave for family, medical or other reasons
Establish a policy for paid parental leave
Establish clear sick leave policies with guaranteed sick leave time
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Please describe why you chose these ratings on time off/leave issues.
Grad Worker Rights in the Workplace
High priority
Medium priority
Low priority
Establish a grievance procedure that includes the ability to take grievances to a neutral arbitrator
Create a transparent and fair policy regarding free speech and demonstrations
Establish clear intellectual property rights
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Please describe why you chose these ratings on rights in the workplace
Community Protections
High priority
Medium priority
Low priority
Strengthen support for international GWs regarding immigration, visa, tax, housing, and employment/internship services
Increase access to affordable child care and/or subsidies for all GWs
Representation in institutional governance (please give examples if high or medium priority)
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Please describe why you chose these ratings on community protections
Transportation
High priority
Medium priority
Low priority
Improve BC shuttle services
Increase public transportation subsidies (T passes, etc)
Improve on-campus bicycle infrastructure
Improve access to parking on campus
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Please describe why you chose these ratings on transportation issues
Guaranteed Working Conditions
High priority
Medium priority
Low priority
Require clear job descriptions (e.g. duties, evaluation criteria, pay classification) for all positions
Guarantee protections against unreasonable workloads
Contractual protections that ensure continued income regardless of unforseen institutional circumstances (loss of lab funding, university closure, etc.)
Require posting of open positions, including duties and transparent hiring criteria (e.g. TA/RA/GA positions) for both summer and academic year work
Provide adequate job training
Ensure adequate space and materials necessary for assigned duties
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Please describe why you chose these ratings on guaranteed working conditions
Wages and Benefits
In this section we'll discuss the core economic issues of wages and benefits. In order to facilitate the bargaining process effectively, it is important that we decide not only which of the following economic items should be our bargaining goals, but also which of them should be our highest priorities. Write any comments, concerns, examples, or additional priorities in the space provided
Wages & Employment
High priority
Medium priority
Low priority
Guaranteed annual pay increases for all GWs
Equal compensation and benefits for summer work
Increased access for GWs to jobs with full benefits
Waiving all tuition and fees for all GWs
Timely payment of wages and stipends
Establish a bi-weekly payment system for all GWs
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Please describe why you chose these ratings on wages
Health Benefits
High priority
Medium priority
Low priority
Guarantee health Insurance benefits for all GWs with premiums fully covered by BC
Reduce costs for dependent coverage
Lower out-of-pocket costs for health benefits
Maintain or expand the provider network
Improve the care referral system
Improve BC health services provided on campus, including the counseling center
Provide dental insurance with premiums fully covered by BC
Provide improved vision coverage, including yearly checkups and affordable corrective lenses/glasses
Eliminate tax liability for premium subsidies
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Please describe why you chose these ratings on health benefits
Housing and other benefits
High priority
Medium priority
Low priority
Ensure pay increases keep pace with increases to Boston area rental prices and cost of living
Ensure pay before first day of term and eliminate pay gaps
Establish retirement benefits
Protect and/or increase access to benefits and visas while on leave
Provide access to free tax assistance
Provide free access to BC gym facilities
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Please describe why you chose these ratings on housing and other benefits
Do you have other bargaining ideas, priorities, etc? Please put them here.
How much we can win on these bargaining issues depends on how many grad workers are ready to help with the campaign. Will you commit to joining the effort to win a great contract?
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