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.
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