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Grad Students Gain Support for Unionization


By Liz Carey

Athens, OH (WorkersCompensation.com) – Graduate students at Ohio University hope they can rally together to become a unionized organization.  

The group will meet today (Wednesday, Sept. 6) to encourage graduate students to become part of their Graduate Employee Organization, that focuses on providing better working conditions and benefits for the students.

Unionization of graduate students is a trend that has progressed across the country since August 2016 when the National Labor Relations Board ruled in a 3-1 decision that graduate students at private institutions are considered employees, which would give them collective bargaining rights. The decision propelled students at universities like The University of Chicago, Duke University, Yale University, Cornell University and Harvard University to begin forming unions.

At Ohio University, students are asking the administration to provide...

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