Thursday, May 04, 2006

More GSOC Press Hits

A photo and a short discussion of the rally appear in this week's Villager.

The People's Weekly World featured a blurb about Thursday's rally in their "This Week in Labor" section. In their coverage of the anti-war rally last Saturday, they also quote Eden Schulz discussing the connection between the war and union-busting.

The New Zealand Association of University Staff highlighted the rally in its Tertiary Update, distributed to organization members. The update dated today is also available on the New Zealand Scoop website.
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And a bit less timely, but important still the same: Coverage in the UAW Magazine, Solidarity

Religious leaders with NYU strikers

An interfaith group of religious leaders met with New York University President John Sexton to express its concerns with the university's refusal to negotiate with graduate employees. Members of GSOC/UAW Local 2110 have been on strike since Nov. 9 after the university refused to bargain a second contract.

An appeal from Religious Leaders for Justice at NYU has gathered more than 100 signatures to an open letter that reads in part: As religious leaders, we call on NYU to continue to recognize GSOC/UAW 2110 as the union for its graduate student employees and negotiate a new contract. Moreover, we call on you to stop the threat of reprisals and the implementation of actions to penalize striking graduate employees who are seeking the recognition of their union."

"The university administration has suggested that they need not negotiate with our union because they are not legally obligated to," said Jessie Morgan-Owens, a striking TA. "But these religious leaders have affirmed NYU is moraly and ethically obligated to respect our rights to associate with other workers to better our working conditions."

The delegation included Rev. Mark Hallinan of the Society of Jesus; Imam Samer Alraey of the Islamic Cultural Center of New York; Rev. David Dyson of Brooklyn's Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church; Rabbi Michael Feinberg of the Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition; Rev. Earl Kooperkamp of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Harlem; Avram Lyon of the Jewish Labor Committee; and Rev. Donna Schaper of the Judson Memorial Church.

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