The Chronicle of Higher Education
April 7th, 2015
The contract agreement that New York University graduate-student employees cheered last month as a landmark victory for their labor movement has been ratified, the graduate students’ union announced Tuesday.
The contract, which both sides tentatively agreed to in March after threat of a strike,
will double the starting hourly pay for employees of NYU’s Polytechnic
School of Engineering, to $20, over the life of the five-year agreement.
Among other provisions, the contract also establishes new family
health-care and child-care benefits and adds protections from
“This contract is a major step forward for our members,” Julie
Kushner, director of the United Auto Workers Region 9A, said in a news
release. She added: “Their commitment to justice will have a huge impact
on the working lives of teaching and research assistants throughout the
university. This victory has already inspired other private-sector
graduate employees to organize.”