The faculty of the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis are steadfast in respecting the rights of our graduate students. We firmly believe that graduate student employees should be free to act on their own convictions about the union contract negotiations before them. Whatever our individual opinions on this matter, we are committed, as a department, to honoring relationships of collegial trust and mutual respect with all our students, including those who teach alongside us. In the event of a strike, we agree not to act or intervene in a way that would impede any student’s academic progress, or penalize any student with regard to grades, departmental funding, or academic evaluations and recommendations. Nor will we report to anyone else about students who may or may not be participating in any union action.