MSU Graduate Workers Vote to Unionize and Form the Graduate Employees Union

Apr 20, 2001, 01:00 ET from Graduate Employees Union

    EAST LANSING, Mich., April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Today the Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Graduate Assistants (GAs) at Michigan
 State University voted 662 to 192 to become unionized.  The new union local,
 Graduate Employees Union (GEU), will be affiliated with the American
 Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO.  GEU now joins more than 20 other graduate
 employee unions in the United States, including unions at the University of
 Michigan in Ann Arbor and Wayne State University in Detroit.
     "It is a great feeling," said Christopher Oliver, President of GEU.
 "Everyone on the organizing team worked so hard, we had great community
 support, and help from other unions and elected officials.  This will mean
 graduate workers at MSU will have a voice on issues that concern us --
 benefits and working conditions."
     Amy Nolan, an English Department 3rd year PhD candidate, explained why she
 voted for the union.  "It just seems such common sense, why not have a union?
 When we looked at what other graduate workers at other universities have for
 health care coverage and living standards, it seemed the difference between
 what they had, and what we have, was a union."
     "Universities are more and more run like corporations and you have to
 speak to corporations with a union, not as individuals," explained Vaughn
 Anderson, Computer Science & Engineering 2nd year MA program.
     "It's fantastic!" exclaimed Dan Katz a 4th year PhD student.  "I knew we'd
 do it.  We know more about this campus now than any other organization; we are
 the ones that went out there and talked to people face-to-face; we didn't rely
 on surveys or web polling or phone calls."
     There are 1,500 TAs and GAs at Michigan State University.  Teaching
 Assistants teach approximately 30% of undergraduate credit hours at the
 university, mostly in discussion and lab sections.  Graduate Assistants are
 employed to perform administrative and other duties on the East Lansing
 campus.
     The new union, like the graduate employee unions at UofM and Wayne State,
 is affiliated with the Michigan Federation of Teachers and School Related
 Personnel, AFT, AFL-CIO.
 
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    EAST LANSING, Mich., April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Today the Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Graduate Assistants (GAs) at Michigan
 State University voted 662 to 192 to become unionized.  The new union local,
 Graduate Employees Union (GEU), will be affiliated with the American
 Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO.  GEU now joins more than 20 other graduate
 employee unions in the United States, including unions at the University of
 Michigan in Ann Arbor and Wayne State University in Detroit.
     "It is a great feeling," said Christopher Oliver, President of GEU.
 "Everyone on the organizing team worked so hard, we had great community
 support, and help from other unions and elected officials.  This will mean
 graduate workers at MSU will have a voice on issues that concern us --
 benefits and working conditions."
     Amy Nolan, an English Department 3rd year PhD candidate, explained why she
 voted for the union.  "It just seems such common sense, why not have a union?
 When we looked at what other graduate workers at other universities have for
 health care coverage and living standards, it seemed the difference between
 what they had, and what we have, was a union."
     "Universities are more and more run like corporations and you have to
 speak to corporations with a union, not as individuals," explained Vaughn
 Anderson, Computer Science & Engineering 2nd year MA program.
     "It's fantastic!" exclaimed Dan Katz a 4th year PhD student.  "I knew we'd
 do it.  We know more about this campus now than any other organization; we are
 the ones that went out there and talked to people face-to-face; we didn't rely
 on surveys or web polling or phone calls."
     There are 1,500 TAs and GAs at Michigan State University.  Teaching
 Assistants teach approximately 30% of undergraduate credit hours at the
 university, mostly in discussion and lab sections.  Graduate Assistants are
 employed to perform administrative and other duties on the East Lansing
 campus.
     The new union, like the graduate employee unions at UofM and Wayne State,
 is affiliated with the Michigan Federation of Teachers and School Related
 Personnel, AFT, AFL-CIO.
 
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