Court ruling gives MU grad workers renewed hope for unionization

7 months 23 hours 36 minutes ago August 23, 2016 Aug 23, 2016 Tuesday, August 23 2016 Tuesday, August 23, 2016 5:42:00 PM CDT in News
By: Jacob Kornhauser, KOMU 8 News
loading

COLUMBIA - A ruling Tuesday from the National Labor Relations Board, which states graduate workers at private universities are considered employees, has given graduate workers at the University of Missouri new hope they may eventually be allowed to unionize.

That would grant graduate workers collective bargaining rights.

MU is a public university, so the ruling does not apply directly to it, but Coalition of Graduate Workers Outreach Officer Joseph Moore said the ruling may still help graduate workers fighting for the right to unionize.

"It does have an indirect impact in the sense that it sets a precedent at the federal level that state and local courts can follow," Moore said. 

He said graduate workers will stage a rally between Jesse Hall and The Columns on MU's campus on Wednesday at noon.

MU said in a statement that it still won't recognize graduate workers as employees, because it follows Missouri laws, ones that are different from those affected by the Labor Relations Board ruling on Tuesday.

That statement said, in part, "MU and graduate students still need guidance from Missouri courts about important, and as yet undecided, issues of unionization in our state."

Currently, MU graduate workers are in a legal battle with the university following a series of events over the past year. 

Last August, graduate workers organized a walkout as they called for fully subsidized health insurance, more affordable housing, and other benefits. Then, in April, more than 1,500 graduate workers voted for unionization, with 84 percent saying yes.

After that vote, MU said it would not recognize graduate workers as employees, citing legal issues in the state pertaining to unionization. In the university's statement Tuesday, MU said it continues to work toward improved relations with graduate workers. It cited increased minimum stipends, which MU said will go up each of the next two years. 

Graduate Student Minimum Stipends:

  • 2016-17: $13,771 for master's students and $15,148 for PhD students
  • 2017-18: $16,525 for master's students and $18,000 for PhD students

Moore said the labor board ruling pertaining to private schools should soon apply to public schools, because graduate workers' roles are similar at both.

"We're the same. We perform the same services. So, the definition of 'employee' the NLBR used for graduate students absolutely applies to graduate students at public as well as private universities," Moore said. 

The ruling said graduate students could be treated as employees if they perform and are paid for services the university oversees.

MU said it will continue to seek legal counsel on the legality of unionization of graduate workers as the lawsuit filed against it by the Coalition of Graduate Workers continues.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - The Boone County Fire Protection District is conducting a search and rescue Saturday at the Katfish Katy's campgrounds... More >>
2 hours ago March 25, 2017 Mar 25, 2017 Saturday, March 25 2017 Saturday, March 25, 2017 4:37:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two men each are jailed on $750,000 bond after being accused in connection with the St.... More >>
3 hours ago March 25, 2017 Mar 25, 2017 Saturday, March 25 2017 Saturday, March 25, 2017 3:38:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Two semi trucks and multiple cars were part of a wreck Saturday that closed westbound I-70. The... More >>
3 hours ago March 25, 2017 Mar 25, 2017 Saturday, March 25 2017 Saturday, March 25, 2017 3:23:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Republican-led Missouri Legislature will get back to a business-friendly agenda when it returns from... More >>
6 hours ago March 25, 2017 Mar 25, 2017 Saturday, March 25 2017 Saturday, March 25, 2017 12:35:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole... More >>
7 hours ago March 25, 2017 Mar 25, 2017 Saturday, March 25 2017 Saturday, March 25, 2017 10:54:00 AM CDT in News
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — An activist who helped shut down a St. Louis-area freeway during protests commemorating the first anniversary... More >>
7 hours ago March 25, 2017 Mar 25, 2017 Saturday, March 25 2017 Saturday, March 25, 2017 10:45:00 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police say a 15-year-old boy was killed and six other people were critically wounded... More >>
8 hours ago March 25, 2017 Mar 25, 2017 Saturday, March 25 2017 Saturday, March 25, 2017 10:41:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – A group of local artists hosted a fundraiser Friday night, giving people people the chance to view works... More >>
13 hours ago March 25, 2017 Mar 25, 2017 Saturday, March 25 2017 Saturday, March 25, 2017 5:40:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – Columbia businesses are coming together to encourage community members to lead healthy and balanced lives. Keystone Chiropractic... More >>
13 hours ago March 25, 2017 Mar 25, 2017 Saturday, March 25 2017 Saturday, March 25, 2017 5:28:00 AM CDT in News
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Officials in a Kansas City suburb where a fire destroyed a multimillion-dollar apartment building under... More >>
14 hours ago March 25, 2017 Mar 25, 2017 Saturday, March 25 2017 Saturday, March 25, 2017 4:30:30 AM CDT in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Police say a man arrived at a Missouri hospital with his lips apparently glued together after coming... More >>
14 hours ago March 25, 2017 Mar 25, 2017 Saturday, March 25 2017 Saturday, March 25, 2017 4:19:00 AM CDT in News
COLE COUNTY - Deputies arrested a man Friday evening for shooting a gun near Rainbow Hills Road, the sheriff's office... More >>
22 hours ago March 24, 2017 Mar 24, 2017 Friday, March 24 2017 Friday, March 24, 2017 8:39:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department said Friday it will begin patrolling areas with a high concentration of student housing... More >>
23 hours ago March 24, 2017 Mar 24, 2017 Friday, March 24 2017 Friday, March 24, 2017 7:09:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Missouri judge says summaries of initiative petitions against right to work no longer fit since... More >>
23 hours ago March 24, 2017 Mar 24, 2017 Friday, March 24 2017 Friday, March 24, 2017 6:59:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Republican Gov. Eric Greitens will be visiting the U.S. Capitol this weekend to talk policy with... More >>
23 hours ago March 24, 2017 Mar 24, 2017 Friday, March 24 2017 Friday, March 24, 2017 6:49:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A Mid-Missouri man has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to multiple sex charges. ... More >>
1 day ago March 24, 2017 Mar 24, 2017 Friday, March 24 2017 Friday, March 24, 2017 6:22:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
PITTSBURG, Kan. - Former University of Missouri head basketball coach Kim Anderson has agreed to join Division II Pittsburg State... More >>
1 day ago March 24, 2017 Mar 24, 2017 Friday, March 24 2017 Friday, March 24, 2017 4:43:00 PM CDT in Sports
COLUMBIA - Michael Porter Jr. announced his commitment to the University of Missouri Friday. Michael Porter Jr. is the... More >>
1 day ago March 24, 2017 Mar 24, 2017 Friday, March 24 2017 Friday, March 24, 2017 4:21:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 57°
7pm 57°
8pm 56°
9pm 54°
10pm 55°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

6:30p
Wheel of Fortune
7:00p
Despicable Me 2
9:00p
Saturday Night Live
6:00p
Cheaters
7:00p
Family Guy
7:30p
Family Guy

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Despicable Me 2
9:00p
Saturday Night Live
7:00p
Family Guy
7:30p
Family Guy
8:00p
Bob's Burgers
8:30p
Bob's Burgers
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld