Forum on Graduate Rights considers unionization

A MU graduate student held a sign to support graduate students' rally to advocate for their healthcare insurance and other issues at traditions plaza Aug. 26. The sign says "don't gamble with our healthcare."
A MU graduate student holds a sign to support graduate students’ rally to advocate for their healthcare insurance and other issues onĀ Aug. 26. | Photo courtesy of Missouri Business Alert

The Forum on Graduate Rights plans to decide next week whether to unionize or become a recognized student organization. Right now, it is seeking input from MU graduate student employees.

If the forum becomes an official student organization, it will work through the MU Organization Resource Group, which helps student organizations gain official recognition, educate leaders about university policies and get started financially.

Another option for the forum is to unionize, an idea that appears to have support on social media such as the forum’s Facebook page.

The organizing committee has 10 standing members and is one of six subcommittees. Its task is to investigate union options and other organizing strategies for the forum.

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