Missouri graduate students call for union recognition

1 year 7 months 2 weeks ago Friday, September 09 2016 Sep 9, 2016 Friday, September 09, 2016 3:21:29 PM CDT September 09, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

COLUMBIA (AP) — Graduate and professional students at the University of Missouri are asking the schools to recognize their graduate assistants' union among other requests.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the Graduate Professional Council passed four resolutions during its first meeting this semester. The students also asked for expanded waivers to cover supplemental fees and rules for social media monitoring by campus administrators.

A resolution asking for a more open process for establishing supplemental fees and assurances that promised increases in minimum stipends would not strain already tight departmental budgets was also passed.

The resolutions address issues stemming from a university decision last year to cancel individual health insurance plans for graduate assistants. The school reversed its decision, but it sparked an organizing campaign.

The Coalition of Graduate Workers sued the university in May seeking recognition. The lawsuit is pending.

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