UAW Graduate Workers and Harvard Reach Historic Union Election Agreement

Union and university will avoid litigation and move swiftly to NLRB election BOSTON – Today, Harvard Graduate Students Union-UAW (HGSU-UAW) filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to conduct a union election amongst Harvard’s 3,500 teaching and research assistants. In an election agreement signed earlier in the day, HGSU-UAW and Harvard University agreed

Together We Win: Victory at the NLRB for Academic Workers

A Long, Hard Fight Ends in Union Rights It’s a victory for graduate workers not only at Columbia University but private universities across the country. In August, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) released a sweeping decision affecting graduate teaching and research assistants by restoring their right to form a union and bargain collectively. The

Members of Congress Call for Fair and Free Elections, Champion TAs’ and RAs’ Right to Collective Bargaining

Community Petition Urging University Administrators to End Their Anti-Union Campaign Gains Momentum  NEW YORK – As support for graduate workers’ right to collective bargaining builds nationwide, more than 60 members of Congress today issued a statement urging Columbia University President Lee Bollinger and other university administrators in support of fair and free union elections. U.S.

Legislative Update: What’s at Stake in November

Labor Board Decisions, President’s Policies Affect our Lives in Many Ways As UAW members know, elections have enormous and long-term consequences. The people we elect to represent us in our hometowns, states, and in Washington impact nearly every facet of our lives, including our ability to pay hospital bills, drink safe water, collectively bargain for

Grad Workers Talk NLRB Ruling on Brian Lehrer Show

In August, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that graduate workers at private institutions have the right to unionize. The highly anticipated ruling was a victory, won with UAW support, for graduate workers at Columbia University and The New School, restoring union rights for teaching and research assistants there. Workers are hoping the ruling will

Something in the air at Ground Effects

Health and safety problems spur protest, drive for representation When Jason Coffey is working at automotive supplier Ground Effects in Dearborn, Michigan, he feels like he is under water. “I feel better when I’m away from the facility than when I’m there,” he said. “It feels like I am breathing in heavy air.” “What I

Trumps words and actions when it comes to workers: workers always lose

UAW members are workers who believe in collective bargaining rights. We know they’re the foundation of fair treatment in the workplace, good health care coverage for our families, job safety, retirement security and everything we negotiate as equals with management. Voting for Donald Trump for president in November is the same as voting against your

UAW statement on Volkswagen violating federal law

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee — Gary Casteel, secretary-treasurer of the UAW and director of the international union’s Transnational Department, today released the following statement in response to Volkswagen’s decision to violate federal law and fight a ruling by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB): “Today, the UAW asked the NLRB to issue an unfair labor practice complaint

UAW Applauds NLRB Decision, Urges Volkswagen To Respect Federal Government’s Order

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee — Working men and women at Volkswagen today won an important victory following an order by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) supporting efforts among skilled-trades employees to secure meaningful employee representation. A three-member NLRB panel denied Volkswagen’s request for the agency to review a December 2015 election in which skilled-trades employees in

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