solidarity across unions

Friday, March 18, 2005

Michigan: GSIs prepare for walkout: "A number of graduate student instructors have begun to warn their students of a possible walkout next week, which has yet to be formally approved, but seems likely to pass, according to some GSIs. The Graduate Employees’ Organization — the union for graduate student instructors on campus — will vote on a walkout next week. The lecturers’ union, the Lecturers’ Employee Organization, has said that though it supports their cause, it will not ask its members to walk out in solidarity. 'We are sympathetic and supportive of the issues that GEO is discussing, but we are not calling a strike. We have a no-strike clause in our contract,' said LEO president Bonnie Halloran. She continued and said that members have individually been discussing whether they plan on supporting the walkout."
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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.