Battles between unions of graduate students and university administrators are heating up at institutions around the United States. This academic year is seeing an upwelling of union activity and an increasingly polarized debate between union activists and university administrators. Most notable among these was a highly visible protest by teaching assistants at Yale University, who refused to turn in students' fall-semester grades.

ACTIVIST: U. Michigan union president Scott Dexter is a student in th department of electrical engineering and computer science.
At Yale and at several of the campuses of the University of California (UC), unions are fighting for official recognition. Yale T.A.'s ended their grade strike with claims that the administration and individual faculty members had retaliated against strikers. An administration spokesman denies that there was any collective retaliation taken.

At an April 14 convention in Los Angeles, union activists from five UC campuses voted to demand official recognition...

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