Local 33 UNITE HERE has officially withdrawn its petition to represent graduate students at Yale University after years of organizing efforts. Columbia University hopes to be as lucky.
Currently, the university is refusing to bargain with a UAW local affiliate while their objections to the original election, having to do with the status of graduate students as employees, are reviewed in federal court.
In Pennsylvania, that argument currently lands on the union side of the pendulum as the PA labor board ruled recently that graduate assistants are employees and can therefore vote to be unionized if they wish.
Moving away from unions in higher education, a new report shows that charter schools are actually less likely to be unionized than they were six years ago. Additionally, the report found that more than 60 percent of unionized charter schools are located in four states. Dive in here.