Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Contract Between NYU and Graduate-Employee Union Is Ratified

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 discrimination.
“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.”

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