Advertisement
RayBiotech
RayBiotech

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

Follow The Scientist

icon-facebook icon-linkedin icon-twitter icon-vimeo icon-youtube
Advertisement

Stay Connected with The Scientist

  • icon-facebook The Scientist Magazine
  • icon-facebook The Scientist Careers
  • icon-facebook Neuroscience Research Techniques
  • icon-facebook Genetic Research Techniques
  • icon-facebook Cell Culture Techniques
  • icon-facebook Microbiology and Immunology
  • icon-facebook Cancer Research and Technology
  • icon-facebook Stem Cell and Regenerative Science
Advertisement
Hamamatsu
Hamamatsu
Advertisement
NeuroScientistNews
NeuroScientistNews