Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Labor Rights Are Human Rights

Andy Levin, Director of the AFL-CIO's Voice@Work Campaign, sums up NYU's labor dispute nicely in his most recent Voice@Work/Working Families Network e-mail:
The university has refused to negotiate a new contract and has rescinded recognition of its employees’ union under cover of a 3–2 party line NLRB decision in 2004 that reversed the board’s bipartisan 2000 opinion. Nothing in the new ruling prevents NYU from recognizing the democratic wishes of its graduate employees, but NYU has chosen management expediency over human rights.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...


1. A former student told me today that the Spanish department is scabbing via use of "Blacboardgate." They are having students submit 2 essays a week to their Blackboard course shells and then someone in the department is grading them for the courses taught by grad students.

2. Those people in Washington Square who are trying to "reclaim the rat"--the union seems to have a position of not responding to them. But the news media is interviewing them. I think we should try to organzie ourselves to at least get more media coverage for us out of it by getting interviewed by their journalists, or something. But to do that we have to actually figure out what their point is, be it real, imaginary, or a joke.

11/16/2005 3:33 PM  
Blogger specter of marx said...

I think the rat ralliers were a joke--nothing more. *rolls eyes*

Don't know who they were, though.

11/16/2005 8:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The French Dept. is also posting stuff on blackboard and asking students to turn in homework....If you know how many students fit into 35 "cancelled" can figure that it represents a lot of work. And there aren't many people to do it. Especially not when you have about 600 affected parents calling, emailing with an intensity that gets worse by the day.

anyways, i presume that it's the department's way of attempting to avoid the possibility of a grade strike. They don't want any more surprises, because they know there isn't much help to get from the 12th floor of Bobst.

Another question for the record: when one is considered an "instructor of record" (having sole responsibility for a class), can anyone else sign the final grade sheet ? (i.e. the director of the language program)

11/16/2005 9:34 PM  
Blogger specter of marx said...

Good ques. about the grade sheets, anon. I figure if NYU can put deans on Blackboard, it can put administrators' signatures on grade sheets!

But seriously, does anyone know the policy re: signatures? And more importantly, does anyone know how such policy is made, and by whom? Something tells me they'll just have dept heads sign this semester...

11/16/2005 9:47 PM  

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