Missouri graduate students consider creating union

University of Missouri graduate students workers have drafted bylaws for a potential union.

The Forum on Graduate Rights expects to hold an election this spring on whether to create the union, the Columbia Daily Tribune reports. Committee members with the forum need a petition with signatures of a majority of graduate student workers to hold the election.

The union, which would be called the Coalition of Graduate Workers, would have elected officers, and each department or program on campus that has graduate student workers would have the right to nominate a representative to the union’s representative assembly, which would create policy.

Demonstrations by graduate students seeking better benefits and pay were sparked after university officials told graduate assistants in August that health insurance subsidies would no longer be offered. The university later rescinded its decision.

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