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February 04, 2018

Grduate Students Unionization and the Universities legal tactics?

Feb4, 2018: Latest News about Graduate Students Unionization:
AP news today published a report about graduate students unionization movement, it seems some of the Universities are trying to stifle the union efforts and not listening to the graduate students, despite the graduate student's gone through labor board approvals, after a labor board approved voting results and more. Instead of negotiating with unionized graduate students, the Universities reportedly finding some legal tactics to fight and are going to court?...So what?, Graduate Student's must realize that this is a tough area that most universities will resist and put up a fight, however what you are doing is for a good cause so never give up, despite this bad news I hope graduate student's will triumph!.
  • The fact is: Not all universities Oppose Graduate Students unionization: Although there are couple of Universities that filed suit to reverse the labor board rulings on graduate students union efforts. The labor board recognized and approved the reality that Graduate Student's have the right to unionize, approved their election, election results for further negotiations but some universities do not like this policy and fighting to reverse it, interestingly not all Universities are against the Graduate Student's union......here is the quote from AP News that is more interesting than those who oppose unionization:  
  • Other universities, including American University in Washington, D.C., and Tufts and Brandeis in the Boston area, have agreed to negotiate with newly unionized students.\
Feb 4, 11:08 AM EST
Trump era throws wrench into grad students' hopes for unions




NEW YORK (AP) -- Graduate teaching assistants at private universities had high hopes 18 months ago when a federal labor board ruled that they had a right to collective bargaining, but after the election of President Donald Trump, some schools are taking another shot at halting the burgeoning unionization movement.
Columbia University announced in a university-wide email Tuesday that the school wouldn't bargain with the graduate students who voted more than 2 to 1 for union representation, and would instead appeal to a federal court. Yale and Boston College, among others, have also filed legal appeals, rather than begin negotiating with newly unionized students.
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