BU Graduate Workers Build Momentum on Union Drive

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By Eli Gerzon Boston - Last week, a lively crowd of a few hundred rallied on Marsh Plaza at Boston University in support of Boston University Graduate Workers United (BUGWU). The union went public this month and is now building up support in the lead-up to eventually filing for a vote to unionize. Speakers talked about how vital graduate student workers…

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Why WPI Grad Workers Need a Union

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With a supermajority of cards signed, the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Graduate Workers’ Union is filing for a union election with the NLRB. In August, Working Mass spoke with two members of the organizing committee to discuss how the union drive got started, the impact of the pandemic and rising cost of living, and why, in the face of an administration fixated on money, a union is needed to safeguard workers, the broader WPI community, and the institution’s scientific mission.

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Victory for Grad Workers, Left Unionists at MIT

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By Henry De Groot On Wednesday, graduate student workers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) voted 1785 to 912 in support of unionizing with the MIT Graduate Student Union (MITGSU-UE), an affiliate of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE).  The landslide victory overcame opposition from the university administration and set MIT graduate student workers on the…

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Emerson College Workers Fight For Fair Pay

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By Binx Perino Two years of labor organizing started in the Service Employees International Union Local 888 office on Tremont Street when John Albert-Moseley and Anna Feder walked in to unionize the staff workers at Emerson College. John had emergency surgery shortly after being hired by the College and didn’t have the sick hours to cover his leave. Anna asked HR…

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Massachusetts’ Commonwealth Charter Schools Must Be Organized

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By Max McCullough When I began teaching high school history at a Boston charter school in 2013 there was a mainstream consensus that charter schools were effective and should be fostered and expanded. 2010’s Waiting for Superman was the most visible public expression of a bipartisan political truism, that charter schools would save vulnerable kids in “failing” urban districts and everywhere…

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