All academic workers should have a democratic say in their working conditions.
The Singers are a group of this university’s graduate students who learn and practice singing popular union songs.
Stephen Roth spoke with Graduate Student Government representatives on issues including collective bargaining rights, food insecurity and mental health.
The event comes ahead of Friday morning’s Board of Regents meeting, where collective bargaining will be one of the subjects of discussion.
The organization tends to pass a resolution calling for graduate worker collective bargaining every year, although not always unanimously.
The organization's first priority this semester is to increase its recruiting effort.
The group, formerly known as Fearless Student Employees, is continuing a yearslong effort that would allow them to negotiate wages, hours and other conditions.
During Wednesday’s rally, employees pushed for fair wages, telework opportunities and fair treatment for housekeepers and immigrant workers.
After successfully fighting to make the minimum wage for employees at this university $15 per hour, USAS has moved its focus to advocating for an increase to $22.65 per hour.
This bill differs from similar legislation proposed in the past because it extends unionization rights to faculty on the tenure-track, non-tenure track and part-time.