Friday, April 15, 2005

A Different Kind Of Student Walkout

In an attempt to force recognition of their right to unionize, graduate students and teaching assistants have called for a strike at Yale and Columbia Universities:

Students at both campuses voted to strike for one week beginning Monday, said Anthony Dugdale, a research analyst at UNITE/HERE, which represents workers in the apparel and textile industries, industrial laundries, hotels, casinos and other businesses.

During the strike, about 500 pro-union Yale graduate teaching assistants, and more than 1,000 at Columbia, will not teach classes, host review sessions or participate in research.

The strike will be the first by Ivy League graduate students since the National Labor Relations Board ruled last year that graduate students at private colleges are students, not workers, and cannot form unions.

Much more info from many different sources here.

If the graduate students do indeed win the right to form themselves into a union, what will their association be known as?
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