solidarity across unions

Sunday, February 29, 2004

Conference on Contingent Academic Labor VI (August 6-8, 2004, Chicago, Illinois, USA) "We would like to have substantial attendance by folks from CGEU groups and we think we can learn a lot from each other, especially since you folks are further along in the networking across organizations business."

Saturday, February 28, 2004

Walkout at Penn Focuses on Unionization (need NYT entry)
The Chronicle: Daily news: 02/27/2004 -- 06 "Hundreds of graduate students who are seeking to unionize at the University of Pennsylvania began a two-day strike on Thursday, hoping their demonstration of solidarity would persuade administrators to drop their legal fight against the union."

Thursday, February 26, 2004

The Chronicle: Daily news: 02/26/2004 -- 06 "Classrooms at some British universities went dark on Wednesday as academics and students around the country staged strikes against what they called the "marketization" of higher education."
The flurry of activity at the University of Pennsylvania continues! Go GET-UP! - Letter to the editor - UA condemns strike in resolution - David Ludden & Robert Vitalis: The quest for worker's rights - Strike unlikely to bring officials, GET-UP to bargaining table - Unfair labor charges filed against U. yesterday - GET-UP, supporters to strike today

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

The Badger Herald Online - Teaching Assistants' Association walks out of bargaining: "Negotiations for the Teaching Assistants' Association contracts at the University of Wisconsin hit another road block Monday morning when the state negotiators stood firm on a health care cost increase, resulting in TAA members walking out. "
Penn issues warning as strike plans go forward - Letters to the editor - Undergrads applaud, jeer GET-UP strike decision - Legal scholars divided over graduate striking - News analysis: Strike plan unlikely to affect most undergrads - Steve Brauntuch: Many undergrads not down with GET-UP

Monday, February 23, 2004

The flurry of activity at U-Penn starts! - GET-UP intends to finalize strike plans tonight - Trustees officially elect Gutmann - Hasani Sinclair: In support of Penn's grad students - Staff Editorial: Strike must not affect undergrads - Lawrence Sherman: Striking and disrupting the community over $58 an hour

Saturday, February 21, 2004

"About 75 graduate students abruptly stood up during the meeting. Over the objections of trustee chair James Riepe, one belted out a harangue that dressed down the trustees for blocking the students' attempts to unionize." Debate greets new president
"Sir, you could end this today, you could drop this today and come to the bargaining table and you can help us make this University a better place ... but if you do not, we'll do what we have to do and we'll see you in the streets." - University Board of Trustees elects Gutmann as next Penn president:

Thursday, February 19, 2004

"PHILADELPHIA-February 19, 2004 — In the latest move in their effort to improve pay and working conditions, graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania plan a two-day strike next week that they hope will paralyze the campus." Students Planning Strike at Penn
"Graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania plan to strike for two days next week in a bid to shut down the campus and pressure the university to drop its legal opposition to a grad-student union." Penn's graduate students to strike
"After 8 months without a contract, 3 weeks of strike action, Government legislation, and illegal job action, the UBC strike is finally at an end." Lessons of the University of British Columbia Teaching Assistants

Monday, February 16, 2004

This survey is online here: Visa Information The Chronicle of Higher Education February 11, 2004 Academy Tracks Visa Delays for International Scientists to Help Ease Backlog By MICHAEL ARNONE Washington. International students and scholars who have already experienced long delays in getting visas to enter the United States are more likely to be kept waiting than those who have applied more recently, according to an online survey conducted by the National Academy of Sciences. New cases tend to get cleared faster than older ones, said Wendy D. White, director of the academy's Board on International Scientific Organizations. 'Some of those cases have been hanging around forever and are still hanging around forever.' The academy created a Web site last June to 'take some proactive role to help scientists get visas,' Ms. White said. The site informs international scientists about the visa process and collects information to help the U.S. government eliminate backlogs in issuing visas. As of last week, the site had registered 1,140 cases and had rendered assistance in 951, or 83 percent, of them. Of those, 294, or 31 percent, were still awaiting a final decision from the U.S. Department of State. Those people have been waiting, on average, 171 days -- more than five months -- for an answer. Of the 590 cases in which visas had been granted, the people had waited only 140 days, on average. A form on the Web site collects dates and details of a person's visa process, and whether a U.S. consulate either delayed granting a visa or denied one altogether. Applicants can list the reasons given for the delay or denial and the effects that the decision had on their academic activities, including research. The applicants can also describe their experiences at U.S. consulates or at American ports of entry. Once a week, the academy sends the collected information to the State Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House, Ms. White said. Those agencies then cross-reference the data with their records. The office is working on where to send the information in the Department of Homeland Security, she said." This article reprinted in full without permission for the purposes of discussion and review, as permitted by Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976.

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

" The University is considering expanding day care opportunities for its workers and graduate students, Yale administrators said last week." - Workers laud University's work on day care options

Sunday, February 08, 2004

Getting Organized: graduate students across the country are flocking to join labor unions for better pay and benefits. Are you ready to deal with a labor movement at your school? Matt Villano University Business, February 2004 Life for graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania is not what anyone would call easy. First, there's the workload: The school demands so much from its students that few, if any, of them complete their dissertations in fewer than seven years. Next, are the commitments: After their rookie years, UPenn graduate students are required to teach breakout sections for lecture and lab courses, commitments that can eat up as many as six hours per week for each class. Finally, there's the pay and benefit structure: For their full-time services, grad students at the privately funded school earn roughly $15,000 per year, not too far from the poverty level calculated by the federal government. Read the rest of the article here.

Thursday, February 05, 2004

"Queen’s teaching assistants and teaching fellows are heading to the ballot boxes this Thursday to vote on the creation of a union. Queen’s TAs for Unionization (QUTU) submitted signed unionization cards to the Labour Board of Ontario late last week." Queen's Journal - The Campus Newspaper of Queen's University

Op-ed: The call for change on grad student unions 

Daily Pennsylvanian, Feb. 5, 2004 David Faris "During two inhumanly frigid days last February, hundreds of graduate employees at this university voted in a union representation election. The Daily Pennsylvanian's exit poll showed that the clear majority voted for Graduate Employees Together - University of Pennsylvania/AFT, better known as GET-UP. Yet nearly a year later, those votes remain uncounted. This cynical subversion of democratic practice can be laid squarely at the feet of the administration. College Hall has remained steadfast in its commitment to the illogical fallacy that graduate students who perform work as teaching and research assistants cannot simultaneously be students and employees and thus should be denied the basic right to form a union... Read the rest of the op-ed here:

Tuesday, February 03, 2004

GESO allies with academic organizations for a new base of support 

Yale Herald January 23, 2004 The normally empty business meeting of the American Historical Association (AHA) was packed with supporters of the Graduate Employees and Students Organization (GESO), when it passed a controversial resolution condemning Yale on Sat., Jan. 10. The resolution accused Yale of "intimidating and coercive behavior" in response to GESO's aims to unionize. During the meeting, GESO members called on the AHA to condemn Yale's behavior towards GESO members. Three other national organizations, such as the American Anthropological Association, had already approved resolutions similar to GESO's. Read the rest of the article here.

Op-ed: Yale must join unions to support visa reform 

Published Monday, February 2, 2004 Yale Daily Herald By QIAN WAN, CONG HUANG AND QIN QIN International graduate students at Yale have two strong allies: the labor movement and the Yale administration. Fortunately, both agree that we need to solve recent visa delay problems, which hurt union members and disrupt the University's operations. The challenge is getting each to put aside disagreements in New Haven, so both can work together in Washington, D.C. Read the rest of the article here.

GET-UP/AFT looks to Gutmann for change 

GET-UP looks to Gutmann for change Unionization talks deadlocked under current administration Daily Pennsylvanian By Leah Colins February 03, 2004 University President Judith Rodin and the leaders of Graduate Employees Together-University of Pennsylvania met in a closed-door meeting late last semester to discuss the still unresolved controversy over graduate student unionization. Both sides remain deadlocked, but GET-UP members are more optimistic about presidential nominee Amy Gutmann. GET-UP -- the organization formed nearly four years ago with the goal of creating a graduate student employees' union-- cast votes last February in the union election held by the National Labor Relations Board. The University has since filed an appeal with the NLRB, causing the voting results to be impounded pending judicial review. Read the rest of the article here.

The Coalition of Graduate Employee Unions is a loose-knit coalition of labor unions in the USA and Canada that represents graduate students employed as teachers, researchers, and administrative staff.