New York University graduate employees—members of
Graduate Student Organizing Committee UAW Local 2110
—successfully capped a struggle that began at the turn of this century when they ratified a five year contract with the university. Lily Defriend, a Ph.D. candidate in the Anthropology Department said:
More than 1,100 graduate student employees at New York University (NYU) and NYU-Poly have signed and delivered a
to the university’s administration urging the school to respect their choice to join a union.
The letter was delivered in anticipation of a decision by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that could reverse a 2004 decision by the then Bush-administration-controlled NLRB holding that graduate teaching and research assistants at private universities were not employees protected by federal labor law.