Organizers of the unionization of University of Minnesota’s graduate assistants say they’ll be working through the summer to boost even higher the number of student cards calling for a union election.
Supporters say they want collective bargaining for pay and benefits, and want a better way to resolve work issues.
The Minnesota Daily reports the attitude of Amit Singh, a second-year doctoral candidate in aerospace engineering:
“We cannot talk [out] these kinds of issues one-by-one,” he said. Assistants need the ability “[to] talk to the University on an equal footing.”
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Alex Friedrich reports on higher education issues for MPR News. Among the stories he has covered: the fall of the Berlin Wall, aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, 2003 Moscow suicide bombing and 2004 presidential elections in the Republic of Georgia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a master’s in European political economy from the London School of Economics.