MU graduate student workers are poised to take legal action regarding their right to unionize after university leadership asked for a legal opinion on whether they had to allow the students to hold a union election.
Eric Scott, the Coalition of Graduate Workers’s co-chair, said a union would provide legal protection in the form of contracts for graduate student workers. “Compensation and benefits for graduate workers can apparently change on a whim, so we really need the protections guaranteed in this contract,” he said.
Representatives from the coalition and the National Education Association have met several times with MU leadership over the course of about a month and a half to discuss holding a union election. After the most recent meeting, the UM System released a statement saying the university will require a legal opinion on the issue.
The Missouri National Education Association also released a statement responding to the decision. The release said the university’s actions in refusing to grant consent for a union election were “irrational.”
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