How to get a better job at Georgetown University
Washington, D.C. (CNN) Georgetown University’s top-ranked graduate student group is demanding a higher salary and benefits for their fellow students who earn degrees from the university.
In a letter to the dean of undergraduate education, the students, who make up the Ph.
D. program, say they have been working hard to make Georgetown University a more desirable place to work and live.
“I want to thank you for the privilege and privilege of studying at Georgetown,” the letter says.
“It has been an amazing experience and we feel fortunate to be able to earn our Ph.
Ds. at a university that is renowned and respected worldwide.
We know that Georgetown is the place to go for a quality education and we hope that you will continue to invest in the future of Georgetown University by making higher salaries and better benefits for our fellow students.”
The Georgetown University Graduate Student Association (GESSA) launched a petition on its website demanding a $15 hourly minimum wage, more paid sick days, and other protections for all graduate students.
The letter comes on the heels of President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
Georgetown University has a graduate student population of roughly 7,500.
The school says that the Ph-D program is one of the few full-time positions that offers a guaranteed income.
“We believe the Georgetown Graduate School is the only graduate school in the United States that offers an income that provides an additional source of income to its members,” said GESSA Executive Director Jennifer Hahn.
“With the President’s withdrawal from the TPP, Georgetown will be the only U.s. graduate school that has a guaranteed-income policy that will make a significant difference in our graduates’ lives.”GESSA has been working on a petition for more than a year and is currently asking Georgetown for $15 per hour.
The minimum wage for a full-timer working at a top-tier university is $12.50 an hour.
Hahn said the petition is a way to ensure the university stays competitive with other schools.
“There’s a lot of people who work in other industries that have a lower hourly wage than graduate students,” she said.
“We are looking to get Georgetown to pay a higher minimum wage so that we can continue to compete with the best in the world.”
Hahn says the university is already paying graduate students about $5,000 a year in benefits, including paid sick leave, medical and dental insurance, and retirement savings.
“The only way we’re going to make this happen is if we can get Georgetown students to make that amount of money,” she added.