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ERIC Number: EJ877506
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0190-2946
Don't Mourn, Organize
Nelson, Cary
Academe, v96 n1 p10-14 Jan-Feb 2010
Recent reductions in the amount and nature of graduate student funding opportunities sometimes have had multiple consequences. In Rhode Island, sixty patients no longer receive a hundred hours of care a week from graduate student employees. And the students have lost a unique opportunity for emotionally and professionally rewarding employment. These job losses at Eleanor Slater Hospital are emblematic of a broader trend. The most obvious thing to say about graduate students is that they are the future of the profession. But there is no longer any reason to be confident about that future. In the midst of the ongoing recession, the present is as insecure as the future. Collective bargaining in the middle of a recession is critical. Not only does it give graduate employees an organized voice and real power to negotiate; it also puts them into a nationwide network, supported by Listservs, meetings, and other means of communication, by which they can compare threats, strategies, and results with colleagues at other campuses. An organized campus is part of a national movement and an informal coalition that links activists represented by different unions. Administrative practices can be particularly damaging to graduate students outside collective bargaining when thoroughgoing decentralization means that they are left to the whim of departments. This author contends that it is time to eliminate the rampant abuses in graduate education. It is time for graduate student employees to organize for collective bargaining on every campus where they are able to do so.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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