Mizzou Graduate Coalition Continues Fighting for Union

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMOX) – Graduate student workers at private institutions can now unionize per a recent National Labor Relations Board ruling, but students at public institutions will continue fighting for their rights.

Joseph Moore is a doctoral student and a member of the Coalition of Graduate Workers at the University of Missouri who thinks the ruling is a sign of change. “It sets a precedent at the federal level that state and local courts can follow and it certainly helps strengthen our legal case,” he says.

Moore recently helped lead a rally on the Columbia campus designed to take stock of what the coalition has been accomplished and it plans for the future. He notes pressure on the university’s administration during the last school year was an effective strategy. “This promised us stipend increases, they returned our health insurance subsidy, they’ve talked about progress on housing and other issues but all of those things came because we organized, because we started this union drive,” he says.

Moore says the coalition plans to continue pushing for a union and hopes to see change soon.

(TM and Copyright 2016 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2016 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS St. Louis

Live Inspired
KMOX Podcasts

Listen Live