Union to protest Yale commencement in grad student unionization fight

Labor activists and some graduate students at Yale University plan a protest at the school’s commencement Monday against what they say is the Ivy League institution’s opposition to unionizing graduate students.

A group named X-Campus Rank and File recently announced its plan to travel to the New Haven, Connecticut, school to protest “Ivy League-led union busting,” according to the Washington Free Beacon.

“Graduate student workers from across the Northeast will join in solidarity with hunger-striking members of Local 33—the union for Yale University graduate workers—to protest the coordinated attack on unionization led by Ivy League administrators,” X-Campus Rank and File said in a statement. “At campuses across the country, democratic campaigns for unions by graduate TAs and RAs are stalled, as university administrations throw up spurious legal obstacles in anticipation of Trump policy changes.”

Last year the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) lifted the ban on organizing teacher’s assistants and researchers at private universities. In February of this year graduate students in eight Yale departments voted to unionize under UNITE HERE. But Yale appealed the NLRB decision, and until the board acts on its appeal the school has declined to bargain with the union. Some graduate students in April held a hunger strike in opposition to Yale’s refusal to bargain.

“Administrators at these universities are now using every available delay tactic until a Trump majority sits on the NLRB,” the group said in a…

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