ERIC Number: EJ1047969
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Can Graduate Students Re-Energize the Labor Movement?
Kitchen, Deeb-Paul, II
Thought & Action, p47-62 Fall 2014
In recent years, issues pertaining to graduate student union organizing have been at the center of several political battles and court cases. This attention is, at least in part, due to the growth of graduate student unions at a time when organized labor's influence is receding in other, more traditionally unionized sectors of the labor force. As many unions struggle with decreasing membership and against well-funded corporate assaults on the rights of workers to collectively bargain, these graduate student or graduate employee unions, once disregarded as idealist kids or "radicals," may provide an organizing model for American labor as it seeks to reinvent itself. This article describes this new organizing model, which the author contends should be embraced by any worker who wants to survive and thrive in this world.
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Labor Market, Activism, Teaching Assistants, Unions, Models, Power Structure, Colleges, Employment, Social Change, Social Justice, Quality of Working Life, Labor Relations
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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