Report: George Washington U. TA Asks Students to Attend Unionization Sit-in for Class
“there will be a change in location for our discussion section tomorrow”
Is this where the unionization of grad student teaching assistants is headed? Union activism as a substitute for real classwork?
Campus Reform reports:
TA asks students to show up at unionization sit-in for class
George Washington University graduate students are seeking to unionize, and at least one Teaching Assistant asked students show up at their sit-in for a class discussion.
According to an email obtained by Campus Reform, the TA told her students last week that a class discussion would be taking place in Rice Hall, where graduate student workers are occupying the entire floor on which the Provost’s and President’s offices are located.
“I’m writing to let you know that there will be a change in location for our discussion section tomorrow,” the TA wrote. “As some of you might know, graduate student workers are working to form a union on campus (which is our legal right) and I have been centrally involved.”
“Because the university has continued to refuse to meet with us to discuss our working conditions on multiple occasions, my colleagues and I will be peacefully occupying the 8th floor of Rice Hall, where the offices of the President and Provost reside, and waiting there until we are met with,” the TA added.
The instructor assured students that the class will be “business as usual” apart from the location, adding that TAs will be performing their typical teaching duties during the sit-in.
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