Become a member

Join us as a member of GSOC!

Benefits of Membership

By becoming a member, you get access to union decision-making. You can participate in your union through voting in union matters in membership meetings, being part of committees, holding various union offices (e.g. stewards), being part of bargaining committee during contract negotiations, and many more (see your GSOC Bylaws for more details). You can also proudly say that you are a dues-paying member of your union, i.e. you contribute to keeping your union running!

How to become a member

Every worker in a union position receives the rights and benefits of our collective bargaining agreement with NYU. You must, however, finalize your membership by signing a dues authorization card. This card should be distributed with your letter(s) of appointment and throughout your department by GSOC stewards (contact us if this isn’t happening!). You can also fill out a PDF of the card. Once you’ve signed your card, email a scan or photo to local2110@2110uaw.org, or just give it to your steward.

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Types of Membership in GSOC

You can be one of three types of GSOC member: a full member, a member with full membership maintenance, or an associate member. Click through the tabs below to learn more.

Full Membership
  • Eligibility: Graduate workers who currently hold a union job.
  • Rights: All union membership rights.
  • Dues: 2% of total compensation deducted for the semester in which you work.
  • To Enroll: Sign a union card and email it to local2110@2110uaw.org. Get a confirmation from us. Dues will be deducted automatically from your paycheck.

Signing up to pay either union dues, or equivalent agency fees is a mandatory condition of employment while working in a union position.

Full Membership Maintenance
  • Eligibility: Individuals who worked in a union job in the last three semesters.
  • Rights: All union membership rights.
  • Dues: $10 per month for fully-funded Ph.D. students, and $5 per month for unfunded graduate students.
  • To Enroll: Sign a union card and email it to local2110@2110uaw.org. Write “Maintaining Membership” in the subject line, and we will send you further instructions. Make sure to get a confirmation from us.
Associate Membership
  • Eligibility: Individuals who haven’t worked a union job so far or haven’t worked in one in the last three semesters.
  • Rights: All unit-level union membership rights, except: representing members in grievances and collective bargaining, voting for contract ratification, voting at the Local 2110 level, voting at the UAW International level, and serving on the Joint Council.
  • Dues: $30 per year or $2.50 per month.
  • To Enroll: Sign a union card and email it to local2110@2110uaw.org. Write “Associate Membership” in the subject line, and we will send you further instructions. Make sure to get a confirmation from us.