Graduate students unite! You have nothing to lose but your jargon! Big news for graduate students with teaching and research assistantships at private universities: The National Labor Relations Board ruled Tuesday that grad students are students, yes, but they're also employees, which means they have the right to unionize and be recognized. The decision only affects private colleges and universities; graduate student unions at state institutions, which have become increasingly common in the last decade, are covered by state law.
They could try, but the Labor Law on unpaid interns states that the interns MUST NOT do any work that would benefit the employer.
What field are you in? That might make the difference. I don't know a single person who got a PhD and didn't find full time employment.
Well the first thing to do is sever minor league football from educational institutions. Then the players could get paid and we could stop paying coaches more than the rest of the combined faculty.
What do you mean by that?
You really seriously get $20/hr? I average $60. I've never heard of a school paying that little.
I see that Rikey Whodat Venable gave it a try, but here's my version:
There once was a grad school aide, who wanted to be paid,For the work she did to teach the kids and help them make the grade;She kept her office hours, among the ivory towers,She worked all year for the price of beer while the dean, he played and played!
(Oh you can't scare me, etc.)
And now she's a Union maid, and yes, she will be paid,Plus medical, dental, cash for her rental, Food on her table, and maybe basic cable!But no more loans to wear her down, or her credit to degrade!
TAs who want to be free, just take a tip from me -In football season, threaten a strike, and you'll make history!Graduate school ain't hard, if you have a union card,You can be the first post-docs to show, That the Dean's an old blowhard!
(Chorus and out.)
Haha, it's funny because an MBA is now the least valuable graduate degree ever (because there are so many of them)
well, them and the Campus Republicans
we'll start organizing right after we get done leaving comments at yr wonkette.
This is slightly OT, but there in that photo, on the chalkboard just to the left of Sally Field's "UNION" sign? There's an error.
Many of them have, at least in Massachusetts.
this this this this this!!!!!! colleges could still have football teams that they sponsor but let's stop pretending that every kid who's good at a sport is automatically college material, then pretend that they're getting an education while they're actually at football practice 10 hours a day. oh and the way to unionize a sports ball team is right before the championship game, the whole team stays in the locker room until they're allowed to unionize. a union would be formed in about 10 minutes
You must not know a lot of non-STEM PHDs.
Wow, that's great news!
The arts. My sig othr (pictured below, in the comments) was a music theory major. Music Ph. D.'s in particular get abused terribly in the job rat-race. He's really happy now, btw. Got over his bitterness.
A business professor once told me "the only companies that get unionized are the ones that deserve it."