A Report on the Graduate Worker Day of Action, 15th October, 2015

by Abhishek Bhattacharyya (University of Chicago), Anthony Levanda (Portland State University), and Matthew Canfield (New York University)

In the September­October 2015 issue of Academe, Prof. David Schultz wrote about the fertile conditions for faculty unionization, and the “The Rise and the Coming Demise of the Corporate University.” The same could be argued with reference to graduate employee unionization around the country. Following the momentum generated from organizing drives at the New School of Social Research, New York University, and Columbia University, representatives from graduate employee unions at a number of private universities came together to launch a national day of action for graduate workers. A group of 20 unions (at both public and private universities) was formed, and there was a gradual build­up to a series of actions on October 15. Less than a week later…

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