Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Gains for Grad Students

Inside Higher Ed
March 11th, 2015

Graduate student workers at New York University called off a planned strike early Tuesday after they reached a last-minute union contract agreement with administrators. Members of the Graduate Student Organizing Committee said the deal includes significant wins for the United Auto Workers-affiliated union, including a 4 percent raise this year for fully funded teaching assistants and a “landmark” family health care benefit. Teaching and research assistants at other private institutions -- where graduate student union bids have faced legal challenges in recent years -- also praised the agreement, calling it inspirational to their cause.
“There are some historic gains that we’ve earned, and I mean earned -- they weren’t given to us,” said Chris Nickell, a Ph.D. student in music at N.Y.U. and a committee spokesman. “We have been in negotiations for 14 months.”

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