Communication Archive

Campus Update: BOT Union Expansion Deliberations (Dec. 2, 2019)
Update on Board of Trustees process and deliberations to campus from David Maxwell ’66, Chair of the Board of Trustees

Email from Chair Maxwell to UGSDW (Nov. 6, 2019)
Email response from David Maxwell ’66, Chair of the Board of Trustees to Sam Xu ’20

Email from UGSDW to Chair Maxwell (Nov. 5, 2019)
Email from Sam Xu ’20 to David Maxwell ’66, Chair of the Board of Trustees

Campus Update: Board of Trustees Deliberations on Expansion of the Student Union (Sept. 27, 2019)
Campus message from David Maxwell ’66, Chair of the Board of Trustees

Email from President Kington to UGSDW (May 13, 2019)
President Kington responds to the email from Quinn Ercolani ’20 dated May 7, 2019

Email from UGSDW to President Kington (May 7, 2019)
Email from Quinn Ercolani ’20, president of UGSDW, to President Kington.

Statement from Board Chair David Maxwell About Trustees Vote Regarding Union Expansion (May 6, 2019)
The Board of Trustees unanimously voted on a motion that directed the administration to suspend talks over voluntary selective expansion of the UGSDW student bargaining unit pending further discussion by the Board at its October meeting.

Letter from President Kington to UGSDW (March 18, 2019)
Letter from President Raynard S. Kington to Quinn Ercolani ’20, president of UGSDW, updating the timeline.

Letter from UGSDW to President Kington (March 12, 2019)
Letter from Quinn Ercolani ’20, president of UGSDW, to President Kington, requesting timeline adjustments.

Letter from President Kington to Quinn Ercolani (March 7, 2019)
Letter from President Raynard S. Kington to Quinn Ercolani ’20, president of UGSDW, informing of a delay in the timeline.

Letter from UGSDW to President Kington (Feb. 22, 2019)
Letter from Quinn Ercolani ’20, president of UGSDW, to President Kington.

Special Campus Memo: Moving Ahead (Feb. 21, 2019)
College is initiating three steps: possible selective expansion of the UGSDW, a task force to address financial support for student success, and improving the academic component of student experiential learning.

Letter from Raynard Kington to Quinn Ercolani (Feb. 21, 2019)
Letter from President Raynard S. Kington to Quinn Ercolani ’20, president of UGSDW, inviting a dialogue regarding possible expansion of the existing bargaining unit.

Letter from Patricia Jipp Finkelman ’80 to Quinn Ercolani (Feb. 16, 2019)
Letter from Patricia Jipp Finkelman ’80, Chair of the Board of Trustees, to Quinn Ercolani ’20, president of UGSDW.

Letter from UGSDW to Trustees (Feb. 9, 2019)
Letter from Quinn Ercolani ’20, president of UGSDW, to the Board of Trustees, following their protest during the board meeting on Feb. 8, 2019.

Are Universities Political? (Feb. 7, 2019)
Op-ed by Inger Bergom ’02 and Spencer Piston ’01 in Inside Higher Ed, responding to President Raynard S. Kington's op-ed from Dec. 20, 2018.

Special Campus Memo: Grinnell Initiates Discrimination Allegations Investigation (Jan. 24, 2019)
Informs campus that College will be engaging an independent third-party to investigate the union's claims to determine if there is a need for corrective action. 

Counsel Response to Quinn Ercolani Email (Jan. 24, 2019)
Email from Frank Harty, College Counsel, Quinn Ercolani, president of UGSDW, in response to communication dated Jan. 1, 2019.

President Kington's Response to Quinn Ercolani Email (Jan. 24, 2019)
Letter from President Kington to Quinn Ercolani ’20, president of UGSDW.

Email from Quinn Ercolani to President Kington (Jan. 1, 2019)
Letter from Quinn Ercolani ’20, president of UGSDW, to President Kington.

Special Campus Memo: Student Unionization Petition Withdrawal (Dec. 21, 2018)
From Grinnell College to Campus Community
Informs campus that the Regional Director of the National Labor Relations Board has approved UGSDW's request to withdraw its petition seeking to expand the union.

Letter to President Kington and Response Regarding Union and College Discussion (Dec. 10, 2018)
Link to letter from Zijun "Sam" Xu ’19 and emailed response from President Kington regarding the the recent union activity taking place on campus.

Letter to President Kington from Zijun "Sam" Xu (Dec. 7, 2018)
Letter from Zijun "Sam" Xu ’20, Executive Board Member of UGSDW, to President Kington.

Special Campus Memo: Appeal (Dec. 7, 2018)
From Grinnell College to Campus Community
Informs campus that the College has moved forward with its appeal of the NLRB Regional Office's decision to hold the election for student workers to expand the membership of UGSDW and shares some additional perspective on why they have taken this step. 

Email Exchange Between Cory McCartan and President Kington (Dec. 4, 2018)
Email from Cory McCartan ’19 sent on Nov. 28, 2018 including framework proposal and response from President Kington on Dec. 4, 2018.

Special Campus Memo: Statement to College Community Following Election (Nov. 28, 2018)
From Grinnell College to Campus Community
On Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, Grinnell students voted to approve the expansion of the bargaining unit represented by the Union of Grinnell Student Dining Workers (UGSDW) to include all student workers at the College. The College will continue to appeal the decision by the regional director of the National Labor Relations Board regarding this election.

Email to Students: Student Unionization Election (Nov. 26, 2018)
From Grinnell College to Students
Provided information to students prior to election.

Special Campus Memo: Update on Student Unionization (Nov. 19, 2018)
From Grinnell College to Campus Community
Informs campus that the College filed a motion to stay the election to expand the union.

UGSDW Response to Email from College Counsel (Nov. 13, 2018)
Email from Jacob Scheyer ’21, UTSDW Executive Board Member at Large, to Frank Harty, College Counsel, to in response to communication dated November 12, 2018.

Email from College Counsel to UGSDW (Nov. 12, 2018)
Email from Frank Harty, College Counsel, to Jacob Scheyer ’21, Executive Board Member at Large for UGSDW in response to communication dated November 7, 2018.

Special Campus Memo: College Explains its Position on Student Union Expansion (Nov. 12, 2018)
From Grinnell College to Campus Community
The College's opposition to the expansion of the UGSDW is congruent with a commitment to access and socio-economic mobility. While the College is appealing the NLRB decision, if the vote to expand the union is successful, they will bargain in good faith with the goal of reaching an agreement.

Special Campus Memo Faculty/Staff Conduct During a Union Campaign (Nov. 9, 2018)
From Grinnell College to Faculty/Staff
Explains the rules that apply to College faculty and staff during union campaigns, including conduct that could be characterized as threats, promises, interrogation, or surveillance.

Special Campus Memo: UGSDW-NLRB Decision (Nov. 9, 2018)
From Grinnell College to Campus Community
Informed the campus community that the NLRB ruled to allow eligible students to vote in a union election to take place on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018.

UGSDW Email to College Counsel (Nov. 7, 2018)
Email from Jacob Schneyer ’21, UGSDW Executive Board Member at Large, to Frank Harty, the College's legal counsel.

Special Campus Memo: Social Media and USGDW (Nov. 6, 2018)
From Grinnell College to Campus Community
Requests that faculty and staff in supervisory positions refrain from engaging in any activity that gives the appearance of monitoring or "surveilling" the activities of the UGSDW, including following the union on social media.

Special Campus Memo: UGSDW Response Regarding Student Unionization (April 23, 2018)
From UGSDW to Campus Community
Response from the UGSDW officers in response to a Special Campus Memo from President Kington on April 18, 2018 concerning student unionization.

Special Campus Memo: Student Unionization (April 18, 2018)
From Grinnell College to Campus Community
Informs the campus community of UGSDW's request to expand the union to all work-study students and the reasons that the College does not support that request.

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