Advertisement
TwistDx
TwistDx

Calif RAs to Get Union Rights?

The California legislature takes steps to broaden the ability of graduate students to unionize by extending collective bargaining rights to research assistants.

By | August 27, 2012

image: Calif RAs to Get Union Rights? Wikimedia, David Shankbone

Research assistants at California universities will have the same rights to collective bargaining as do teaching assistants there if a bill recently passed by the state Senate is signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. The move would allow some 16,000 graduate students who serve as research assistants at schools in the University of California system and other state universities to organize into labor unions. California graduate students who work as teaching assistants while they earn their degrees have had collective bargaining rights since 1999.

The California State Senate passed the Democrat-backed bill, SB259, by a vote of 46-27 on Thursday (August 23). According to the Associated Press, Senate Republicans opposed the bill, arguing that allowing more grad students to unionize would further drive up the cost of attending universities in the state. Governor Brown, a Democrat, has until the end of September to act on the bill.

Advertisement

Add a Comment

Avatar of: You

You

Processing...
Processing...

Sign In with your LabX Media Group Passport to leave a comment

Not a member? Register Now!

LabX Media Group Passport Logo
Advertisement
Thermo Scientific
Thermo Scientific

Popular Now

  1. Opinion: Too Many Mitochondrial Genome Papers
  2. Antibiotics and the Gut Microbiome
  3. Sex Differences in Pain Pathway
  4. Anti-Vax Doctor Found Dead
    The Nutshell Anti-Vax Doctor Found Dead

    Police are calling the death of James Bradstreet, a physician who claimed vaccines cause autism and offered autism cures to patients, an apparent suicide.

Advertisement
The Scientist