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
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.