The Union Difference
|Before the Contract
|After the Contract
|Wages: $15.50/hr for UTAs
|Wages: $20/hr for UTAs
|Weak department missives suggesting job responsibilities
|Clearly defined and enforceable language regarding roles and responsibilities
|Meetings with CS admin only when we’d aggressively organize and demand them
|Contractually required monthly meetings with CS admin to address ongoing concerns; a real voice in the direction of the UTA program
|Department goodwill and focus groups
|Guaranteed fulltime dept staff for DEI initiatives
|Weak University accountability systems for discrimination
|Clear definitions of discrimination and harassment, and our OWN enforceable accountability system
|Having to find our own housing and food for training periods
|Free housing and meals for all of TA camp!
…and this is just the beginning!
Our contract can be found here.
Our Collective Bargaining Agreement, otherwise called the Contract, outlines our rights and protections as computer science student employees at Brown University. You can find a plain language summary of our contract here.