Why I Would Vote “No” If I Could

by Stephen Albright | Feb 21, 2017 4:41 pm | Comments (3)

(Opinion) On Thursday, approximately 300 Yale graduate students, teaching fellows in nine departments across campus, will vote on whether Local 33, a union affiliated with UNITE HERE, will represent them in contract negotiations with the University. I am not eligible to vote, because although I am pursuing a Ph.D. in the Physics department, one of the departments whose teachers are eligible to vote, I am not currently teaching in Physics. However, if I could vote, I would be voting “no” on Local 33.

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Why I’m Voting For Local 33

by Justin Randolph | Feb 21, 2017 4:36 pm

(Opinion) Before coming to Yale in 2014, I hadn’t interacted with a union. Alabama is a right-to-work state, and graduates from my public high school who work at the Mercedes plant didn’t have a union until well after I moved north. So when an organizer with Local 33 — then GESO — came talking graduate student union, I was skeptical. In the three years since, including two years spent organizing friends and colleagues in the History Department, I’ve come to see the promise of forming a union to make Yale a better place for graduate teachers and workers across New Haven.

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