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.