GRADUATE WORKERS ARE UNDER ATTACK
American universities could not function without the labor of graduate student workers. As graduate workers we teach university level courses, publish work, and do research that brings our institutions prestige, grant money, and lucrative patents – yet we have no real power over the decisions that impact our work and lives.
Since the historic 2016 Columbia decision reaffirming union rights for graduate workers, more than 20,000 of us have come together to form our unions, and tens of thousands more are currently organizing.
In a desperate attempt to stifle the incredible momentum of the graduate union movement, the Trump NLRB has proposed a rule which would reverse the Columbia decision in order to strip away our victories, and deny us our rights.
Together, we can fight back against Trump’s anti-union NLRB. Whether you are a graduate worker or an ally, please make your voice heard.
We have until November 22nd, 2019 to submit as many comments as possible. Your public comment can help stop this rule and its attack on our union rights.
COMMENTS MUST BE UNIQUE TO BE COUNTED
A form comment is provided but we strongly recommend taking a few minutes to draft your own comment using the following tips.
TOPICS TO CONSIDER IN YOUR COMMENT
- What kind of work do you do as a graduate worker?
- Is your work always directly related to your studies?
- How does your work benefit your university, students, or society?
- Are you paid as a worker? Do you pay taxes on those wages?
- Would you receive funding if you did not work?
- How would this rule inhibit development of fair procedures for sexual or racial harassment?
- Has your university’s refusal to bargain led to disruption?
SOLIDARITY COMMENT IDEAS:
- Faculty: How have graduate TAs, RAs and graders contributed to the success of your courses, your research objectives, or your university’s educational mission?
- Undergraduates: What role have graduate workers played in your courses and your overall educational experience?
- Postdocs: How do graduate workers contribute to your lab or research group?
- Alumni: How would you answer any of the above questions when you were a graduate worker or an undergrad?
- Allies: How would you define “work” or a “worker?”