Monday, March 9, 2015

NYU Graduate Students Threaten to Strike

Wall Street Journal
March 9th, 2015

A strike threat hovers over labor talks at New York University this week, more than a year after the school, in a watershed decision, recognized its graduate-student employees as part of a union.
Graduate students say the school’s commitment to collective bargaining is ringing hollow, as negotiations that began in 2014 still haven’t led to a contract. To some of them, they are unionized in name only.
“The onus is on the administration to avert a labor disruption,” said Natasha Raheja, a teacher and graduate student in the anthropology department, and one of eight students on the union’s bargaining committee. “We hope NYU doesn’t push us.”
Administrators at NYU say their decision to recognize the union was an olive branch, but goodwill is fading.

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