I’ve grown concerned about union encroachment in academic decisions

As a graduate student, I revoked my union membership because I’ve grown concerned about union encroachment in academic decisions. When I joined CGSU, I believed that the union would promote free and open debate about unionization. However, in recent months, I’ve seen union reps introduce themselves into academic meetings between grad students with the purpose of controlling the discussion of the union agenda. This experience helped me see the risks of union interference in academic activities, and it confirms my suspicion that the union will use its power to stifle criticism and inappropriately influence academic decisions best left to graduate students and faculty. If we choose CGSU, then we risk harming the quality of both graduate and undergraduate education at Cornell, which is why I urge all students to vote NO this election.