Teaching assistants

Trying Again in Minnesota

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Six years after a bid to unionize teaching assistants was defeated, petitions are filed for a new vote.

Contract Breakthrough

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Nearly two years after their last contract expired, thousands of graduate students in the State University of New York system have a tentative pact calling for raises, new benefits and major expansions of some existing benefits.

The contract provides the teaching assistants for the first time with a grievance procedure for those who are dismissed, full coverage of "in network" hospitalization, a fund to offset the growing cost of technology fees, and extra pay for those who live in the New York City metropolitan area.

Financially, the teaching assistants will receive:

A Strike in Ann Arbor

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Graduate instructors at Michigan take a day off to force concessions at the bargaining table. University officials are unfazed.

Stepping Up for Part-Timers

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The Radical Caucus wants the MLA to do more to protect the labor rights of grad students and adjuncts.

More Help for Part-Timers

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The MLA's Delegate Assembly endorsed two proposals to bolster, in small ways, the status of "contingent" instructors.

Deal for Michigan and Its Grad Students

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With strike looming, university and teaching assistants compromise on pay, benefits and other issues.

Pickets and Protests

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Teaching assistants at Columbia and Yale vote to strike; students walk out of classes at Emerson to back faculty union.

Playing Defense and Offense

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Leaders of the AFT's college unions plan opposition to David Horowitz, cooperation with the NEA, and new organizing efforts.

Minnesota TA's Reject Union

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By a substantial margin, graduate students at the University of Minnesota have voted down a plan to create a union of teaching and research assistants.

Two-thirds of the 4,461 eligible graduate students at Minnesota's Twin Cities and Duluth campuses voted in the elections held last week. The union won the backing of 1,296 while 1,779 voted against it. State officials released the results Monday.

TA Strike Impact

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Graduate students have started their walkout at Columbia and Yale Universities.

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