Labor Beat: Graduate Students United Victory at University of Chicago

At the University of Chicago, graduate student teaching assistants and research assistants do real work for the school, and have the right to be classified as employees and the right to form a union. Yet the University has vigorously opposed this line of reasoning. On October 16, 2017 there was a pro-union rally on the eve of the official vote on unionizing. Three days later the NLRB declared that Graduate Students United won the election by a sizable majority, making the union official. This was an historic step at this prestigious university, and could be a tipping point in the growing national movement for unionization of graduate assistants. But the threat remains that the administration will still legally challenge unionization. Speeches, scenes and interviews. Length – 13:35

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