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University of California, Striking Workers Unions Reach Tentative Deal
The agreement, which is not yet ratified, would increase academic workers’ salaries, but some call for an ongoing strike as the raises are less than desired.
University of California, Striking Workers Unions Reach Tentative Deal
University of California, Striking Workers Unions Reach Tentative Deal

The agreement, which is not yet ratified, would increase academic workers’ salaries, but some call for an ongoing strike as the raises are less than desired.

The agreement, which is not yet ratified, would increase academic workers’ salaries, but some call for an ongoing strike as the raises are less than desired.

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Up to 48,000 University of California Academic Workers Go on Strike
Catherine Offord | Nov 14, 2022 | 3 min read
Union-represented workers are walking out for an indefinite period of time after negotiations over their compensation and other issues stalled.
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Low Pay, Pension Cuts Prompt Largest University Strike in UK History
Katherine Irving | Nov 9, 2022 | 2 min read
More than 70,000 staff members from 150 universities are set to strike later this month, marking five consecutive years of academic protests in the country.
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Unionization Efforts Pick Up Across US Universities
Catherine Offord, Andy Carstens, and Amanda Heidt | Sep 1, 2022 | 10 min read
Members of newly certified workers’ organizations at campuses across the US speak about how they achieved official recognition and what they’re planning for the years ahead.
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Florida Faculty Await Details on New Tenure Law
Natalia Mesa, PhD | May 4, 2022 | 4 min read
Professors in the Sunshine State may soon face an additional tenure review process under the bill, but not much is yet known about how it will change tenure retention.
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MIT Graduate Students Vote to Unionize
Catherine Offord | Apr 7, 2022 | 2 min read
Plans to form a union affiliated with the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America were approved by a vote of 1,785 to 912.
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Harvard Student Strike a Warning to University
Chloe Tenn | Oct 29, 2021 | 4 min read
Graduate students planned a three-day-long strike to demand fair pay, union security, and improved protections against sexual harassment and discrimination. If an agreement isn’t met, the union says they may strike longer, potentially disrupting university research.
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University of Pittsburgh Faculty Unionize
Lisa Winter | Oct 21, 2021 | 2 min read
The faculty voted 1511 to 612 to affiliate with United Steelworkers.
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Hawai‘i Legislature Terminates Tenured Professor’s Position
Christie Wilcox, PhD | Jul 21, 2021 | 3 min read
Thanks to administrative shuffling, professor Carl-Wilhelm Vogel remains employed at the University of Hawai‘i despite the removal of his position in the new state budget, but the university’s faculty union says lawmakers might have crossed a legal line.
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Students Stand Up for Sub-Contracted Workers Amid COVID-19 Crisis
Amy Schleunes | May 1, 2020 | 6 min read
At universities across the US, student-led efforts to achieve protection for custodial, food service, and other vendors’ employees have been met with mixed levels of success.
UC Santa Cruz Fires Graduate Students Taking Part in Strike
Catherine Offord | Mar 2, 2020 | 2 min read
The university sent dismissal letters to 54 teaching assistants who have been engaged in a months-long dispute over pay.
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Harvard Graduate Students on Strike
Kerry Grens | Dec 4, 2019 | 2 min read
The students’ union and the university could not reach an agreement on salary, health benefits, and harassment protections.
U Missouri Grad Students Can Unionize: State Supreme Court
Emily Makowski | Nov 8, 2019 | 2 min read
After a series of appeals from the university, Missouri courts have ruled for the third time that students have collective bargaining rights.
Federal Agency Proposes Rule Against Graduate Student Unions
Emily Makowski | Sep 23, 2019 | 2 min read
The National Labor Relations Board has gone back-and-forth on whether graduate students at private universities can form unions three times in the past 19 years.
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Labor Agency Revisits Whether Graduate Students Can Unionize
Shawna Williams | May 28, 2019 | 2 min read
Observers expect that the National Labor Relations Board will reverse an Obama-era determination that graduate students are employees entitled to form unions.
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Academic Researchers at the University of California Form a Union
Chia-Yi Hou | Apr 5, 2019 | 2 min read
The university drops its objections and comes to an agreement on who can be included in Academic Researchers United.
Columbia University Postdocs Vote to Unionize
Ashley Yeager | Oct 5, 2018 | 2 min read
More than 2,000 individuals favor the bargaining unit—the first at a private university in the US.
Columbia University Graduate Students Go on Strike
Jim Daley | Apr 25, 2018 | 2 min read
Administration officials contend that research and teaching assistants are students, not workers, and want to take the matter to federal court.
Harvard Teaching and Research Assistants Vote to Unionize
Jim Daley | Apr 23, 2018 | 2 min read
The decision affects about 5,000 graduate students at the university who are eligible to join the union.
President of SUNY’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry Resigns
Kerry Grens | Mar 22, 2018 | 1 min read
Quentin Wheeler’s firing of department chairs earlier this year didn’t sit well with university faculty members.  
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