UNITE HERE will join GSOC/UAW members for a major rally in New York City on Thursday, January 26th at 4PM, in front of NYU’s Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square Park. Please contact Ed Vargas at (212) 265-7000 for further details.
Graduate student workers at New York University (NYU) have been on strike since November 9th, fighting for a union and a fair contract. The graduate students at NYU, through United Auto Workers, won the first contract for graduate assistants at a private university in 2002. But the university is refusing to bargain a second contract, hiding behind the Bush NLRB decision that stripped these workers of their organizing rights. Faced with the massive disruption and pressure of the strike, the NYU administration has resorted to outright threats and intimidation. In spite of the university’s threats, GSOC/UAW members have remained on strike and are determined to win a fair second contract. This strike at NYU has major implications for the efforts of Yale graduate workers to join UNITE HERE. If the University wins, it would set a chilling atmosphere for organizing campaigns around the country.