Category: Organizing

PERB Rules that a Majority of UC’s 17,000 Student Researchers Have Democratically Decided to Form a Union

OAKLAND, CA—California’s Public Employment Relations Board has verified that a majority of the 17,000 Graduate Student Researchers, Trainees, and Fellows at the ten University of California campuses and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have chosen to unionize through Student Researchers United/UAW (SRU-UAW). SRU-UAW makes history as the largest union formed in 2021, and the largest-ever unionization drive of academic student employees. SRU-UAW leaders immediately requested that UC administrators respect their democratic decision, recognize their union, and begin negotiations for a contract. “We’re thrilled that PERB has verified our majority,” said Maya Holay, a Graduate Student Researcher in the Department of Nanoengineering ... Read more

PERB Rules that a Majority of UC’s 17,000 Student Researchers Have Democratically Decided to Form a Union

The largest unionization of Academic Student Employees in U.S. history takes the higher ed labor movement to new heights California’s Public Employment Relations Board has verified that a majority of the 17,000 Graduate Student Researchers, Trainees, and Fellows at the ten University of California campuses and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have chosen to unionize through Student Researchers United/UAW (SRU-UAW). SRU-UAW makes history as the largest union formed in 2021, and the largest-ever unionization drive of academic student employees. SRU-UAW leaders immediately requested that UC administrators respect their democratic decision, recognize their union, and begin negotiations for a contract. “We’re thrilled ... Read more

Statement of UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada, Director of the UAW Organizing Department on NLRB Tesla Decision

DETROIT – In a sweeping decision issued today, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) found Tesla to have violated the law and ordered it to cease interfering with workers seeking to organize a union at its Fremont, California plant. The NLRB found that Tesla illegally terminated a union supporter, disciplined another union supporter for engaging in protected activity, and interrogated others for speaking out about workplace injuries. The company was ordered to stop interfering in employees’ rights to communicate with fellow employees about their campaign to form a union with the UAW and must rescind several illegal policies meant to ... Read more

Harvard student workers vote to ratify first union contract One-year agreement includes victories on discrimination protections, healthcare, and childcare

CAMBRIDGE, MA — Student workers at Harvard University made history today, voting in favor of ratifying their first union contract. The one-year contract agreement with the university will improve pay and benefits for over 4,000 student workers, and guarantee health and safety protections in the midst of a pandemic. The contract strengthens protections for student workers against discrimination and harassment, including racial discrimination and sexual harassment, and includes new provisions aimed at increasing job security for international student workers. The contract is a major victory not only for the Harvard Graduate Students Union (HGSU-UAW), which is the largest private-sector student ... Read more

UAW Welcomes Brooklyn Academy of Music Employees

UAW WELCOMES BROOKLYN ACADEMY OF MUSIC EMPLOYEES UAW ADDS OVER 14,000 NEW MEMBERS SINCE AUGUST 2018   Eighty-two percent of workers at the Brooklyn Academy of Music voted to join the UAW last week joining UAW Local 2110. The administrative and cinema workers will now be able to bargain following reductions in benefits such as health care and 401(k) matching, and conversion of full-time jobs to part-time jobs among other issues. The 145 employees petitioned for an election in April. “We are here because we believe in BAM’s mission,” Jesse Trussell, a film programmer who helped organize at BAM, said ... Read more

NLRB Sets Date for Chattanooga VW Workers

The National Labor Relations Board announced today that there will be an election for Chattanooga VW workers to join the UAW on June 12,13 and 14. Chattanooga workers in the face of legal obstruction and anti-worker activity will now have the opportunity to vote on their union. Chattanooga workers remain the only VW workers in the world without union representation.

UAW bargaining team and Navistar have reached a proposed tentative agreement

(Note: the actual approval date was December 10) The UAW bargaining team and Navistar have reached a proposed tentative agreement. Details will be released in meetings with membership in the coming days as part of the ratification process. Out of respect for our members the UAW will not release details until UAW Navistar members have had a chance to be fully informed and review the details in the proposed tentative agreement.

A Majority of Boston College Graduate Workers and Over 3,000 Community Supporters Call on University President Father Leahy and The Board of Trustees to Stop Punishing Workers and Bargain Now

Boston – Led by State Senator Jamie Eldridge, a coalition of community, faith and labor leaders will deliver a petition signed by a majority of Boston College Graduate Student Employees, as well as more than 3,000 community, religious and political allies, to BC’s President Father Leahy Friday morning. The petition calls on Father Leahy and the Boston College Trustees to drop all discipline against graduate workers for union activity on campus and respect the majority vote for a union by bargaining with the union. Graduate student workers voted in favor of their union – the Boston College Graduate Employee Union ... Read more

UAW New School Academic Workers Reach Historic Agreement

New York City– Tuesday evening, a tentative agreement was reached between Student Employees of the New School (SENS) UAW and The New School on behalf of 700 Academic Student Workers. After fifteen months of bargaining, SENS UAW agreed to unanimously recommend this agreement to their membership in the following statement.  (https://www.facebook.com/SENSUAW/) Highlights of the tentative agreement include higher minimum wage levels across all positions with annual increases thereafter, a full waiver of the University Services fee, a commitment to seriously look at childcare needs for all employees, a signing bonus of $300, and – for the first time – significant ... Read more

Legal Services Workers Deserve Fair Wages Too

Collective bargaining rights should be common among all workers, and CAMBA legal services workers in New York who seek to join the UAW share a common goal of fair wages. If an agreement is reached and the new bargaining unit is recognized, staff attorneys and law graduates will bargain for fair wages and pay parity among other requests. The attorneys at CAMBA primarily represent indigent clients, many who are facing eviction, foreclosure, immigration issues, and consumer fraud in Brooklyn and Staten Island. They seek not only adequate compensation, but also pay parity among the attorneys who represent large corporations and ... Read more