ERIC Number: ED371694
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-May
Reference Count: N/A
Graduate Assistants and Unionization.
Annunziato, Frank R.; And Others
National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions Newsletter, v22 n2 Apr-May 1994
This newsletter theme issue focuses on unionization of graduate student assistants at institutions of higher education. The first article, "Graduate Assistants and Unionization" by Frank R. Annunziato, points out that more than 21,000 graduate student assistants at public sector colleges/universities are represented by unions in eight states. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) repeatedly ruled in the 1970s that graduate employees at private institutions are not eligible for coverage under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). In order for graduate assistants at private colleges to organize unions, the Federal Courts would have to overturn the NLRB, Congress would have to amend the NLRA to include graduate assistants as employees protected by the statute, or graduate assistants could seek voluntary recognition from their college and university administrations. The second article in the issue, "Making It Work: Scholarship, Employment and Power in the Academy" by Michele Janette and Tamara Joseph, describes efforts of graduate assistants in forming the Graduate Employees Student Organization (GESO) and attempting to win voluntary recognition from the Yale University (New Haven, Connecticut) administration. The GESO experience is offered as an imperfect but successful model for academic activism which has brought about changes in the material conditions of members' lives and in the self-conception of the university community. (JDD)
Descriptors: Activism, Civil Rights Legislation, Collective Bargaining, Court Litigation, Employer Employee Relationship, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Labor Conditions, Labor Relations, Public Colleges, Research Assistants, Teaching Assistants, Trend Analysis, Union Members, Unions
National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions, Baruch College, 17 Lexington Ave., Box 322, New York, NY 10010 (annual subscription $25; single issue $6.25; free to Center members).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, NY. Bernard Baruch Coll. National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: National Labor Relations Act