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After over a year of waiting for the results of a union election that would have brought together non-tenure-track faculty and staff, union organizers heard the outcome. They lost.
The Temple University graduate student workers’ strike, which lasted over a month and got ugly when the university pulled tuition and health insurance benefits, has come to an end.
This week looms large, with a possible no-confidence vote for university administrators and public dissent within the graduate student workers’ union.
Faculty and staff are forming unions even in states that lack collective bargaining rights for public sector workers. These recent actions are part of a long history.
The university has ended striking graduate student workers’ health coverage and, in what the AFT calls an “unprecedented” move, is demanding they pay tuition, too. Temple says over 80 percent of the local union members aren’t striking.
Indiana University Northwest fired a Black professor after alleging he said something about killing white people. An AAUP report found “racist tropes of incompetent, angry and physically violent Black men in the language used to justify his dismissal.”