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U of New Mexico Grad Students Gain Union Approval

August 18, 2021

New Mexico’s Public Employees Labor Relations Board said Tuesday that 1,600 graduate employees at the University of New Mexico are entitled to collective bargaining. Some 1,000 graduate employees organized and petitioned the board for certification last year. The university challenged that move, arguing that graduate students are students, not employees entitled to collective bargaining. The union, which is affiliated with the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America, says it’s looking forward to meeting with the administration to begin first contract negotiations.

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Colleen Flaherty

Colleen Flaherty, Reporter, covers faculty issues for Inside Higher Ed. Prior to joining the publication in 2012, Colleen was military editor at the Killeen Daily Herald, outside Fort Hood, Texas. Before that, she covered government and land use issues for the Greenwich Time and Hersam Acorn Newspapers in her home state of Connecticut. After graduating from McGill University in Montreal in 2005 with a degree in English literature, Colleen taught English and English as a second language in public schools in the Bronx, N.Y. She earned her M.S.Ed. from City University of New York Lehman College in 2008 as part of the New York City Teaching Fellows program. 

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