solidarity across unions

Monday, March 29, 2004

Columbia Spectator Online - Grad Students Collect Majority Vote For Unionization: "State Senate Minority Leader David Patterson certified last Friday that a majority of Columbia University's teaching and research assistants support forming a union."
DailyPennsylvanian.com - UA encourages GET-UP, administration negotiations: "Last night's resolution -- passed with a vote of 18 in favor, four opposed and four abstaining -- 'requests that GET-UP and the University administration negotiate in good faith to prevent future strikes.'"

Sunday, March 28, 2004

Fight for the Future - Blog for the Future:Andy Stern, president of SEIU has joined the weblog world, welcome!

Saturday, March 27, 2004

Boston.com / News / Local / Mass. / Foreign students protest fee at UMass: "Student leaders at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst say more than 200 students have refused to pay a new fee charged to the campus's 1,600 international students, and are preparing to face the consequences of their protest as classes resume this week after spring break."

Thursday, March 25, 2004

Education In The Streets

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Grad students to get cheaper health insurance - The Daily Utah Chronicle - News: "This fall, many graduate students can get health insurance from the U for the first time, thereby saving money and avoiding graduate unions, said David Chapman, dean of the Graduate School."
RAs AND TAs AT UW VOTE FOR COLLECTIVE BARGAINING Teaching Assistants, Research Assistants, Staff Assistants, Readers, Tutors, Graders, and other academic student employees at the University of Washington voted to be represented by GSEAC/UAW (Graduate Student Employee Action Coalition / United Auto Workers) in collective bargaining. The Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) has tallied the ballots in the mail ballot election that began on February 25th. Out of 2370 votes cast, 1391 were in favor of representation. GSEAC/UAW will now represent over 4500 academic student employees at UW. “This is a great day for us” said Amanda Rychel, a Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant in the Biology department. “We have been working for this for a long time, and are happy to have a seat at the bargaining table like other employees on campus.” The vote marks the end of the four year campaign by GSEAC/UAW to gain certification as the exclusive bargaining representative of academic student employees at UW. The Union expects to start bargaining with the University on matters of employment, such as wages, health insurance and working conditions, at the beginning of this spring quarter. The Union is also pleased with the University’s recent decision not to appeal the PERC decision that Research Assistants are employees with collective bargaining rights under the law. “We are pleased that our votes have been counted and that the University is respecting our choice to have collective bargaining” said Kay Greeson, a Research Assistant in Pathobiology at UW. “Research Assistants provide a crucial service in advancing the research mission of the University.” Steve Williamson, Executive Secretary of King County Labor Council, said: “The University’s decision not to appeal the PERC ruling is consistent with what we see are very hopeful signs of improving labor relations at the University of Washington. We’re very happy with the University’s decision and we applaud their respect for worker democracy.” Media Contacts: Kristen Intemann, Philosophy, 206-356-8635 H. Gorkem Kuterdem, Electrical Engineering, 206-229-9282 Amanda Rychel, Biology, (206) 713-9473
Health Care for Grad Students at UVa Petition:"It is in the best interest of the University of Virginia to provide quality affordable health care for the graduate students it employs as teachers and researchers." From the folks over at GLU-CWA

Saturday, March 20, 2004

Online Rights Survey 2004 [LabourStart]
RAs AND TAs AT UW VOTE FOR COLLECTIVE BARGAINING Teaching Assistants, Research Assistants, Staff Assistants, Readers, Tutors, Graders, and other academic student employees at the University of Washington voted to be represented by GSEAC/UAW (Graduate Student Employee Action Coalition / United Auto Workers) in collective bargaining. The Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) has tallied the ballots in the mail ballot election that began on February 25th. Out of 2370 votes cast, 1391 were in favor of representation. GSEAC/UAW will now represent over 4500 academic student employees at UW. “This is a great day for us” said Amanda Rychel, a Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant in the Biology department. “We have been working for this for a long time, and are happy to have a seat at the bargaining table like other employees on campus.” The vote marks the end of the four year campaign by GSEAC/UAW to gain certification as the exclusive bargaining representative of academic student employees at UW. The Union expects to start bargaining with the University on matters of employment, such as wages, health insurance and working conditions, at the beginning of this spring quarter. The Union is also pleased with the University’s recent decision not to appeal the PERC decision that Research Assistants are employees with collective bargaining rights under the law. “We are pleased that our votes have been counted and that the University is respecting our choice to have collective bargaining” said Kay Greeson, a Research Assistant in Pathobiology at UW. “Research Assistants provide a crucial service in advancing the research mission of the University.” Steve Williamson, Executive Secretary of King County Labor Council, said: “The University’s decision not to appeal the PERC ruling is consistent with what we see are very hopeful signs of improving labor relations at the University of Washington. We’re very happy with the University’s decision and we applaud their respect for worker democracy.” Media Contacts: Kristen Intemann, Philosophy, 206-356-8635 H. Gorkem Kuterdem, Electrical Engineering, 206-229-9282 Amanda Rychel, Biology, (206) 713-9473
Ruling allows ESF research union: "Students atSUNY ESF who serve as research project assistants perform duties similar to those of people employed as research support specialists, according to a decision signed Monday by Rhonda Aliouat, acting director of the labor relations board's Region 3, which includes the Syracuse area. The students and employees should have the right to form a collective bargaining unit together if they so chose, the decision states."

Friday, March 19, 2004

Ruling allows ESF research union at Syracuse University NLRB equates student research assistants with research support specialists. Wednesday, March 17, 2004 Post-Standard By Nancy Buczek A National Labor Relations Board decision that approved the creation of a collective bargaining unit at the State University College of Environmental Science and Forestry could set a precedent for future labor decisions, a union official said... http://www.syracuse.com/news/poststandard/index.ssf?/base/news-15/107953207499650.xml
------------------------- Univ. of Washington Grad Employees Vote Union YES! Admin decides to not appeal election! 2370 votes with 1391 YES (59%)! http://www.mindspring.com/~gseac/update.html March 18, 2004 We have won! PERC has announced the results of the election and a significant majority has voted in favor of our union. Out of the 2370 ballots cast, 1391 were in favor of representation by GSEAC/UAW in collective bargaining. This is an important step in our four year struggle for getting a collective bargaining contract for all 4500 academic student employees at UW. Because the University announced yesterday that they will not appeal the PERC decision, we expect to start bargaining early in Spring Quarter. Our goal is to have a contract that has been ratified by members by the end of the academic year. We will keep you updated as bargaining progresses. ------------------------

Thursday, March 18, 2004

Rutgers ceases salary contract talks, calls impasse: "Rutgers University has abandoned contract talks with professors and teaching assistants, contending the two sides have reached an impasse."

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

HEWI Online News Service:"Newly Issued Reports and Surveys - 09-Mar-04 STUDY FINDS GRADUATE STUDENTS LEAVE WITH GREAT LOAN DEBT The 2003 Survey of Graduate Aid Policies, Practices and Procedures (SOGAPPP) found that graduate students, particularly dental, law and medical students receive their postgraduate degrees with startlingly high levels of student loan debt. Graduates from private dental schools had an average of $144,474 dollars in cumulative student loan debt while at public dental schools the average was $94,788. Private medical school graduates averaged $107,215 ($94,925 public) and private law school graduates averaged $77,183 ($54,025 public). The survey also found that MBA recipients at private schools averaged $40,417 in debt and recipients of other master’s degrees at private institutions averaged $28,502 in debt."

Sunday, March 07, 2004

Teaching assistants struggle with pay: "TUCSON - The students don't usually notice the sign when they pass near graduate assistant Amanda Brobbel's cubicle in the English department. But it's there, taped to a cabinet. 'Why are UofA graduate students eating dry food?' the sign asks. 'Because they can't afford canned.'"
Independent Florida Alligator - NEWS: "Members of Graduate Assistants United met with Associate Provosts Joseph Glover and Sheila Dickison and UF Deputy General Counsel Barbara Wingo on Tuesday in the Reitz Union to protest fees applied to international students."
The Badger Herald Online - Chancellor rules on SEVIS fee: "University of Wisconsin chancellor John Wiley announced Wednesday he would use general university funding to pay for international-student surveillance fees required by the federal government." TAA did a bunch of work on this.
IPO/SEVIS Fee Grievance: This is an interesting way to make grievance information available.
The UW Daily Online: "After nearly four years of talks, the Graduate Student Employee Action Coalition/United Auto Workers (GSEAC/UAW) could be certified as the collective bargaining unit for teaching assistants and research assistants in addition to the already covered student and staff assistants, readers, tutors and graders."
Rutgers teachers protest for higher pay: "NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - As many as 100 Rutgers University graduate students and faculty members took over president Richard L. McCormick's office for much of the day yesterday, demanding better pay."

Friday, March 05, 2004

The College Hill Independent: "All is quiet at Brown, but Penn grad students keep up their fight for a union . . . by Peter Ian Asen/illustration by Beth Brandon"

Monday, March 01, 2004

The Michigan Daily -- 113 Years of Editorial Freedom - From the Daily: Same old story: "The tired old argument that GSIs are not employees should be put to rest."

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.