NYU Now the Only Private University With Unionized TA’s

Good news for NYU grad students: Representatives voted 620 to 10 last night to unionize, and will become the first students at a private university who will bargain collectively for their work conditions (this is much less rare at public schools). The union falls under a branch of the United Auto Workers, one that represents 45,000 academic workers.

“We should be a major investment for the school,” said [NYU Phd student] Gharabaghi, whose son will soon be turning one. According to the agreement, NYU and union are supposed to immediately begin negotiating—they hope to have a completed contract by the end of the academic year—and one major priority for Gharabaghi is family healthcare benefits. He’s currently on a state-subsidized plan because NYU charges graduate students a 33 percent increase in dependent premiums. “I shouldn’t have to choose between my son and my PhD,” Gharabaghi said.

Photo: Goosefriend

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deepomega (#22)

My problem with this is, where is the squeeze going to end up? Obviously I do not approve of how TAs are treated in non-union schools, but if they aren’t treated like shit, where’s the pay going to come from? The answer, historically, is federal student loans.

WayDownSouth (#3,431)

Indeed. The money has to come from somewhere

WayDownSouth (#3,431)

The person quoted in the story is getting a doctorate in cinema studies. In the current difficult job market, I’m surprised that he or she is putting so much money into this type of degree

thejacqueline (#799)

@WayDownSouth Well, they wouldn’t be; all NYU PhD scholarships are funded.

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