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MU graduate students push toward unionization



Photo courtesy of the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS)/Facebook
Photo courtesy of the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS)/Facebook

The Forum on Graduate Rights’ organizing committee, now called the Coalition of Graduate Workers, announced its unionization plan and timeline Wednesday.

By collective bargaining, committee co-chairmain Eric Scott said the group hopes:

  • To get dignified working conditions for graduate students
  • To secure strong benefits and protections for graduate students
  • To represent the full diversity of graduate students

On Sunday, the coalition passed a unanimous resolution to affiliate itself with the Missouri National Education Association and the National Education Association. Scott and committee co-chairman Connor Lewis said the NEA is the biggest union in the state and nation and has 3.5 million members nationwide.

The coalition hopes to hold an election to authorize a union by the end of 2015 or the beginning of 2016. To do so, the group will need about 2,000 MU graduate employee signatures. If the signatures come through, a union election will be held.

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