solidarity across unions

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

The Village Voice: Features: Generation Debt - the New Economics of Being Young: Wanted: Really Smart Suckers by Anya Kamenetz: "ere's an exciting career opportunity you won't see in the classified ads. For the first six to 10 years, it pays less than $20,000 and demands superhuman levels of commitment in a Dickensian environment. Forget about marriage, a mortgage, or even Thanksgiving dinners, as the focus of your entire life narrows to the production, to exacting specifications, of a 300-page document less than a dozen people will read."

Saturday, April 24, 2004

Cornell Daily Sun - Columbia Grads Continue Strike: "With the ongoing graduate student strikes at Columbia University, the issue of unionization on campuses has again come into the national higher education spotlight."
Columbia Spectator Online - On the Strike: "The operative word in this whole unionization thing is 'ambivalent.' That's how most thinking people not hell-bent on victory feel about the matter (I exaggerate--plenty of students are thinking about term papers or bikinis and are utterly apathetic about graduate students). But for over a thousand teaching assistants, hundreds of professors, and dozens of administrators, this thing matters."
Liberalism and the Columbia Strike: "This week graduate students at Columbia staged a strike to protest the university's refusal to negotiate with GSEU (Graduate Student Employees United). An election was held two years ago to decide whether to join the union. Columbia immediately referred the matter to the National Labor Relations Board before the votes were counted. Historian Alan Brinkley, now provost, has been the public face of the university during the strike (President Lee Bollinger has been a on a trip to Asia)."
The Cavalier Daily: "The University announced Wednesday that beginning this fall, health insurance costs will increase and all students will have to prove that they have health insurance before registering for courses"

Wednesday, April 21, 2004 - GET-UP lauds graduate strike now under way at Columbia: "Graduate Employees Together-University of Pennsylvania has said that it is in full support of the strike on the New York campus. GET-UP leaders also said they would not shy away from considering similar actions in the future."
Today the TAs, Tutors and Instructors at Victoria University in the University of Toronto (approx 40 in the unit as a whole)voted 71% in favour of unionization with CUPE 3902.
More than 1,000 graduate employees at the University of Illinois, Chicago, want a voice on the job with the Graduate Employees Organization, part of the Illinois Federation of Teachers/AFT. They filed for recognition on April 5, becoming the largest group to assert their rights under the state's card-check law for public employees, which Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) signed last year.
CNW Telbec: "HALIFAX, April 16 /CNW/ - Teaching Assistants and Part-Time Instructors at Dalhousie University have set a strike date of Friday, April 23." | Protesters take aim at fees: "About a dozen University of Virginia graduate students carried signs and delivered a petition to the president’s office Tuesday, saying they can’t afford to get sick because of a sharp rise in health insurance costs."

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

The Bellman: "GSEU, Graduate Student Employees United, began an indefinite strike today at Columbia University. Their demand? That the university allow the counting of ballots cast in a recognition election two years ago. Last month, grads at U-Penn staged a short walk-out over a similar issue."

Monday, April 19, 2004

The New York Times > Education > Pushing for Union, Columbia Grad Students Are Set to Strike: "Graduate teaching assistants at Columbia University said yesterday that they would go on strike Monday morning and remain out until Columbia recognized their right to unionize, which could shut down hundreds of classes through the end of the school year."

Friday, April 16, 2004

Columbia Spectator Online - Unionization Strike Set for Monday: "GSEU has said that they will end the strike if the University allows the graduate student body to conduct a new vote on unionization, or if it drops its 2002 appeal to the National Labor Relations Board."

Thursday, April 15, 2004

Columbia Spectator Online - AFL-CIO Leader Sweeney Pledges Support of GSEU: "In the midst of graduate students' efforts to unionize, John Sweeney, the president of the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations, spoke last night about workers' rights abroad, in America, and at Columbia University."
The Badger Herald Online - State negotiators strike back; bargaining session with TAA set for Monday: "TAA negotiators, who on average get paid between $11,000 and $12,000 a year, say a no-cost health-care benefit is very important. They are also focusing on a salary increase and a moderate living wage for UW to stay a competitive employer in recruiting graduate student employees." Jason South: "These times call for creative budget-wrangling, but we can all imagine outrageous decisions that would be met with universal derision. For instance, imagine if the university proposed charging a higher tuition to students who spend a significant amount of time involved in student groups or athletic activities. Or charging higher tuition to students who spend a lot of time studying in the library because they are using more university resources. A task force appointed by university President Dan Mote has used such perverse logic in proposing that part-time graduate students should pay higher tuition because they spend a lot of time on the campus teaching and conducting research (in other words, doing their jobs)"

Wednesday, April 14, 2004"Did you know that while the average undergrad tuition collected for the College of Arts and Sciences is $76,874 per class, the adjunct teaching that class only gets paid $5,400?"
AAUP Teach-in: April 21
LEO, Lecturers' Employee Organization Website Guide: "Talks Resume after One-Day Walkout Contract negotiations resumed Friday, April 9, after LEO staged a one-day strike on the three campuses of the University of Michigan the day before, shutting down classrooms and construction sites. The two sides had bargained into the early hours of Thursday morning in an effort to reach an agreement and avoid the walkout."

Friday, April 09, 2004

Oregon Daily Emerald - University of Oregon news and sports - GTFs mourn 'death' of their contract

Monday, April 05, 2004

FrontPage :: Faculty Union Embraces Jew-Haters by Ed Morgan: "The campus events [were] sponsored by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 3903, representing all graduate students, teaching assistants and contract faculty at York University."

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.