About 5,000 international scholars have signed an open letter online protesting NYU’s decision to not recognize the graduate students’ union and punish those who continue striking past today’s administration-imposed deadline.
Starting with nine original signatories — including famous critical theorists and professors from Duke University, Columbia University, the University of London and several schools in the University of California system — the petition has become one of the most popular among the thousands of petitions circulating on Petitiononline.com, the website where it was posted last week. The letter harshly criticizes NYU for threatening to impose retaliatory actions against the union.
“Undermining the union itself is nothing more than Reagan-esque union-busting and so conveys and enacts hostility to student labor that can only heighten conflict and circulate a ruinous image for New York University as an unfair and indecent place of employment,” read the letter, which was conceived by University of California at Berkeley professor Judith Butler....
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.