As I have written in a recent op-ed in the Prince, Princeton Graduate Students United’s campaign (On the Campus, April issue) is misleading the students about what a union can achieve. PGSU frequently demonizes Princeton, fabricating the conflict between the University and the graduate students. To fan the flame, PGSU has been approaching local publications to write favorable coverage and legitimize its claims.
I was really surprised by their push for a vote before the end of March while the students were still starting to have a serious discussion about the union. Even looking at their current organizer list, only one out of the six engineering departments has representation. Voting without proper discussion and debate on the merit of unionization is a dangerous move that can be fatal for the future of Princeton’s graduate students.