Thursday, February 19, 2015

UConn Graduate Students Win Union Through Rank-and-File Action

In These Times
February 17th, 2015

Joining the ranks of a resurging academic labor movement, 2,000 graduate workers are organizing for their first contract at the University of Connecticut.
Graduate Employee Union-United Auto Workers (GEU-UAW) Local 6950 won recognition last April with cards signed by 70 percent of the bargaining unit. It’s the first of its kind in Connecticut—and now the largest union at UConn, where faculty and most staff have been organized for years.
Each year, graduate workers at UConn help teach thousands of students and conduct research that generates tens of millions of dollars in funding. But in the wake of the recession, they’re bearing the brunt of declining state support for higher education.

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