Stephen Albright
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ALBRIGHT: Local 33: Unfit to negotiate

Tomorrow, approximately 300 graduate students — teaching fellows in nine departments across campus — will vote on whether the Local 33 graduate student union will represent them in contract negotiations with the University. I am not eligible to vote because I am not currently teaching in the Physics Department. But if I could vote, I would be voting “no” on Local 33.

ALBRIGHT: Vote no to Local 33

Local 33 will claim that these inequalities will pressure the University to extend negotiated benefits to the entire graduate school, thus benefiting all students. However, this would mean that the entire graduate student population would be subject to the outcomes of Local 33 negotiations, even though only teaching students in nine departments would have voted on unionization and be represented at the negotiating table.