Eight members of UNITE HERE Local 33, the new union representing some graduate student teachers at Yale, announced Tuesday that they have launched a hunger strike to try to convince the university to negotiate a first contract. One of the eight, union Chair Aaron Greenberg (who’s also a Wooster Square alder), offers his reasons in the following article. Click here and here for background on both sides of the dispute.
(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.
(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.
(Opinion) She has a glowing face with perfect makeup, stunning eyes, full lips, and hair meticulously covered with a headscarf. Her “hijab” is an American flag carried on a patriotic poster that proclaims: “I am America.”
On Saturday, Jan. 21, my family participated in the New York City and Hartford versions of the global marches for women (and not just for women!). While my wife and our daughter headed to New York via train with a large contingent of fellow New Haveners, my son and I went to Hartford in the afternoon.
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(Opinion) It’s that time of year again. The first real holiday of the new year. The recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday. This holiday is not supposed to be a holiday in the sense of traditional holidays. According to the MLK devotees, King Day, as it is affectionately known, is not a “day off, but a day on.”
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(Opinion) While a soldier in the United States Army, I was reminded more than once, that we served to defend democracy, not to practice it. A particularly influential chaplain, unbeknownst to him, almost influenced me to return to the Army as a chaplain after divinity school. The thing that stopped me from taking or even giving serious consideration to this path was my learning that Army chaplains were prohibited, like everyone else in the military, from criticizing the government, the president, or other elected officials.