Saturday, November 19, 2005

When will it end?

It ends when one simple thing happens: The Administration sits down and bargains in good faith (which it has yet to do). GSOC is ready to negotiate at any time.

There is no good reason for the University not to: We are workers performing much of the same labor -- teaching, research, grading -- as other employees in the University. The union did not interfere with academic decision making. We're not looking for fat raises or crazy benefits, just access to independent outside arbitration over the substance of labor disputes (something other employees of the University enjoy.)

And there are plenty of reasons why the University should: The union makes NYU more competitive in attracting the best grad students. The union makes TAs better in the classroom. Most importantly, it's what is right. A massive majority of grad employees voted to be represented by a union on labor matters, not a bunch of (assuredly, stunningly brilliant and extraordinarily talented) competitive-donut-eating scabs culled from student government. There's a lot of bs going on these days, but I'd like to think democracy still means something.

"[Grad labor's] demands have set off a series of clashes that have created the greatest campus disruptions since the anti-war and civil rights battles of the 1960s. NYU's current fracas threatens to be the worst so far." --Village Voice, November 15, 2005.

So where do you stand? And what are you doing about it? (More to do.)

-"Spin v. Reality" [at the French Dept. Archive]
-"Point/Counterpoint" [at Contract Now]


Blogger specter of marx said...

More WSN coverage on potential "post-union" grievance procedures here. Michael Palm describes the drafting process as a "union-busting campaign." Be sure to read the heated discussion in the comments section.

11/19/2005 6:12 PM  

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