Tag: Higher Education

UAW President Ray Curry Calls for Executive Action to Cancel Student Debt

UAW members know all too well that student debt can be crippling for both themselves and their children. “Educational debt, when compounded by interest, becomes a millstone that compels recent graduates to prioritize the needs of financial institutions over those of their families,” says UAW President Ray Curry.  “That is why our union calls upon President Biden to cancel student debt through executive action.” President Biden has already recognized the need to address this crisis head on. His administration has canceled $25 billion in student loan debt. According to Forbes, the Biden Administration has canceled more student loan debt than any ... Read more

Thousands of UAW Workers at UC will Take to the Streets on Tuesday to Protest Untenable Working Conditions

Mass protests at every UC campus Tuesday will highlight the fight against skyrocketing on-campus housing costs, low pay, and chronic harassment and discrimination at work. Academic union organizing is heating up on the West Coast as thousands of UAW-represented workers at the University of California plan to take to the streets to protest rampant workplace abuse, discrimination, insufficient compensation and extreme rent burden. This action will demonstrate the extreme discontent felt across a workforce of 48,000 academic workers who are currently bargaining with the University and demanding union contracts that guarantee a fair workplace. Press is welcome to attend. “Until ... Read more

1,500 Researchers at University of Washington File to Form a Union

Yesterday, a majority of Research Scientists/Engineers (Assistant-4) from every discipline across all three campuses of the University of Washington filed their representation petition with the Public Employment Relations Commission, seeking to be certified as a new bargaining unit. “Despite the organizing challenges presented by the pandemic, we’ve found ways to have thousands of conversations with our colleagues across the University system about unionizing”, said Ivan Cruz, Research Scientist/Engineer 4 at UW, Seattle. “We heard over and over again from researchers that they are struggling, that they want to make a more diverse and equitable university, and that they would rather ... Read more

UC Agrees to Recognize to Student Researchers’ Union after Workers Vote to Authorize a Strike

Workers in the largest new union of 2021 look forward to bargaining a contract that makes UC a more inclusive and equitable place to work. Berkeley, CA – After months of delay, the University of California on Wednesday agreed to recognize Student Researchers United/UAW, the union of over 17,000 Student Researchers (SRs) at UC. The decision comes just two weeks after SRs voted to authorize a strike (of the 10,890 SRs who cast a ballot, 10,622 voted yes), and a month after 49 state legislators and 30 members of Congress urged University President Michael Drake to respect the democratic rights ... Read more

Led by Rep. Katie Porter, 30 Members of Congress Ask UC President Michael Drake to Recognize Student Researchers United-UAW

Union members will rally across the state on Thursday to call for long-overdue recognition.   A clear majority of California’s congressional delegation (30 members), led by Representative Katie Porter (D-Irvine), have called on UC President Michael Drake to immediately recognize Student Researchers United-UAW, which represents more than 17,000 Student Researchers (SRs) across the UC system. The union was democratically chosen by a supermajority of SRs in May of this year when they filed support cards at California’s Public Employee Relations Board. Since then, UC has refused to recognize the union. Administrators have stalled, hired “union avoidance” attorneys, made baseless objections, ... 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

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

Senator Bernie Sanders weighs in for graduate workers as they rally across the country

Senator Bernie Sanders sent letters to the presidents of Harvard, Columbia and Boston College today as graduate workers rallied across the country: “To my mind, it would be a huge mistake to attempt to roll back these workers’ right to organize.” Boston, MA – Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) sent letters to the presidents of three major universities today asking them to “support the legal rights of research and teaching assistants to form unions and bargain in good faith with them.” Graduate workers across the country rallied today to protest managers at these universities and others who have embraced the Trump ... Read more

Boston College Graduate Workers Win Their Union, Join UAW

Vote is the latest in a string of academic organizing victories as movement for grad worker unionization grows Boston, MA – Graduate workers at Boston College have voted 270  in favor to 224 to join the United Auto Workers (UAW), according to ballots tallied Wednesday night by the National Labor Relations Board. Their victory caps a three-year effort to win recognition and required them to overcome a hostile employer, who sent out last-minute emails via campus Deans urging a no vote. With this vote, more than 10,000 academic workers have opted to become part of the UAW in the Northeast ... Read more