A group of Yale graduate students are protesting their labor conditions as teachers. They are demanding the administration recognize them as a union and negotiate their contract as full employees of the university. After all, graduate students teach many undergraduate classes.
But the administration is stalling, waiting for Donald Trump to appoint an anti-union National Labor Relations Board that, they hope, will throw out the union’s right to exist.
My guest today is Jennifer Klein, a professor of history at Yale University who has followed the unionization efforts closely. She’s written a recent New York Times op-ed detailing the events at Yale.
The fight over graduate student’s right to unionize at Yale is a microcosm of the reliance on precarious work across the American higher education system.
You can find the solidarity statement in support of the graduate students here.
Citation: Klein, Jennifer, interview with Will Brehm, FreshEd, 74, podcast audio, May 22, 2017. https://freshedpodcast.com/jenniferklein/