December 29, 2015
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News
New York, NY – Teaching and research assistants at private universities may win back the right to organize unions and collectively bargain. The NLRB will review a case at Columbia University where more than 3,000 workers are affected. With this case the NLRB could overturn the 2004 Brown University decision during the George W. Bush administration that took those union rights away from grad student workers at private universities. Graduate Workers Of Columbia – UAW organizer Paul Katz says the union has strong support for grad student union rights, both politically and among the student workers on campus.
[Paul Katz]: "We are thrilled to have the signatures of New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio, both of New York's senators. From the moment we went public a year ago we have enjoyed strong majority support. We've built networks across all of the departments on campus."
UAW Region 9A Director Julie Kushner says she's looking forward to a favorable ruling from the NLRB in Washington DC. Kushner says that just graduate student workers at public universities, those at private universities deserve the respect that comes with collective bargaining.
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