Higher Education
9:50 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Yale Graduate Assistants Call For Process to Decide On Unionization

Aaron Greenberg said it's time for Yale to join other universities that collectively bargain with graduate research and teaching assistants.

More than 1,000 graduate assistants at Yale University are calling for a process to decide on unionization.

"What do we want? Union. When do we want it? Now!" chanted members of the Graduate Employees and Students Organization as they marched through soaking rain on Wednesday to deliver their petition to Yale’s administration.

GESO chair Aaron Greenberg said it's time for Yale to join other universities that collectively bargain with graduate research and teaching assistants. "We do a vast amount of work on campus," he said. "We want to make sure that work is fairly compensated, and we have a right to bargain over it."

Graduate assistants at New York University and the University of Connecticut recently won union recognition.

In an e-mail comment, Yale said it will continue to work productively with faculty and students on issues identified by the petition.