Union to protest Yale commencement in grad student unionization fight

Labor activists and a number of graduate students at Yale University plan a protest at the school starting Monday against what they say is the Ivy League institution’s opposition to unionizing graduate students.

A group with the name X-Campus constituency has recently announced her plan to travel to the New Haven, Connecticut, a school to protest the “Ivy League-led unions,” according to the Washington Free Beacon.

“Graduate student employees from throughout the Northeast will join in solidarity with hunger-striking members of Local 33, the union for Yale University graduate workers—to protest against the coordinated attack on the union, led by Ivy League administrators, the” X-Campus Rank and File said in a statement. “On campuses across the country, the democratic campaigns for the trade unions by graduate TAs and RAs are jammed, the university authorities throwing fake legal barriers in anticipation of Trump changes in the policy.”

Last year, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) lifted the ban on the organization of teacher-assistants and researchers of the private universities. In February of this year, graduate students in eight Yale departments voted to unionize under UNITE HERE. But the Yale appealed the NLRB decision, and until the board of directors acts on his appeal, the school has refused to negotiate with the european union. Some of the graduate students in April held a hunger strike in contrast to Yale’s refusal to negotiate.

“Administrators at these universities are now using all the available delay tactic until a Trumpet, a majority sitting on the NLRB,” the group said in a statement. “At Yale and Columbia, the governments refuse to negotiate with the democratically elected trade unions.”

X-Campus does not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Officials from Yale say UNITE HERE is trying to be the strong arm of the executive board, in the abandonment of their legal appeal to the NLRB.

“In contrast to the other unions that have tried to organize the graduate students at other universities, UNITE HERE is the only of the union to try a controversial strategy of micro-unit organizing in a handful of academic departments. This tactic has declined more than 90% of the Yale university doctoral students have the right to vote in the union elections,” Yale said in a statement to Fox News. “Yale has asked the NLRB to this new strategy. But instead of defending its policy by the legal procedure started, UNITE HERE has staged a series of protests in an attempt to disrupt the daily life at Yale and in the City of New Haven.”

This year’s commencement speaker is Theo Epstein, a 1995 graduate and Major League Baseball executive who helped both the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago cubs break their respective World Series curse.

Perry Chiaramonte is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter via @perrych

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