Bernie Sanders Supports Unionization Efforts of U. Chicago Grad Students
“I respect the critical work you do every day”
This is a no brainer for him. Bernie also thinks school should be free – for the students.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
Bernie Sanders Lends Support to U. Chicago Grad Students’ Unionization Effort
Sen. Bernie Sanders has lent his support to the unionization efforts of graduate students at the University of Chicago, as labor activists at his alma mater say the administration has been throwing up roadblocks ahead of a vote on the issue.
Sanders wrote in a letter to Graduate Students United “it is not my intention to tell you how to vote” in the union elections, scheduled to take place over Tuesday and Wednesday, before going on to voice his support for labor advocates who face off with employers who want to make “all the decisions unilaterally.”
“What forming a union means is that you and your co-workers will have the opportunity to sit down as legal equals with management to negotiate a legally binding contract covering all aspects of your wages, benefits, and working conditions,” wrote Sanders.
The Vermont senator and former Democratic presidential candidate wrote, “Nationally, unionized workers make wages that are on average 27 percent more than non-union workers, with significantly better benefits and working conditions.”
“I respect the critical work you do every day, and wish you the very best in your efforts to create a democratic workplace where your voice can really be heard,” he added.
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