Grad student workers at U reject union again

  • Article by: JENNA ROSS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 26, 2012 - 8:15 PM

The fourth effort since 1990 failed. U officials were "pleased."

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ranger1873Mar. 26, 12 4:35 PM

Wonder if they needed a photo ID?

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chemnpMar. 26, 12 4:40 PM

The movement against unionization was a truly bipartisan one. We all found the union organizers to be obtrusively pushy and frequently interrupted our work in spite of the fact that it is illegal for outside visitors to enter our laboratories.

This is the 4th rejection of unionization by the U of M graduate students.

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chance123Mar. 26, 12 4:40 PM

Didn't make much sense why they would unionize a position that is temporary (not a career).....either way they made the right decision. Educated and talented people have opportunities and are highly sought after employees.....uneducated and untalented workers require the protection of a union because they really have no more to offer than a well tranied chimp.

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falcon1678Mar. 26, 12 4:41 PM

They voted, the majority said no, fine with me. That Tea Party Republicans, is how it's SUPPOSED to work. Not through bait and switch, rhetoric spewing and misleading union busting legislation.

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drposterMar. 26, 12 4:52 PM

Falcon, I agreed with you right up until you went on your anti-conservative rant. You know good and well that the union was spinning their rhetoric as well. Too bad it's hard to sell highly educated grad students on the idea that they'll be replaced by 12yr old children who will be forced to work 16 hour days.

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rockoftruthMar. 26, 12 4:58 PM

This makes as much sense as unionizing day care workers. As far as needing a photo ID. I would suspect some form of authentication must have been employed otherwise Donald Duck and the boys would have voted and produced a different result. Funny how when only legal voters can vote the Union seems to loose :)

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endothermMar. 26, 12 5:05 PM

I'm not surprised by this. Most graduate student employees see their jobs as temporary--something to do for a few years, earn some valuable experience and hopefully save a few bucks. Their wages are too low in many cases and they have little job security, but unionization would not change the basic fact that they are temporary student workers. That said, these people deserve our respect. They are doing valuable teaching and research for low wages, and they also represent the future of our society--the highly-skilled researchers and professionals who are vital to the economic success of our state and country.

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unreal12Mar. 26, 12 5:30 PM

First good move of the year. Now it's time to stay smart and replace Obama before he gives up America to the Russians, Iranians and any other group that would enjoy taking us down. OBAMA LIES AND IS NOT TO BE TRUSTED!

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falcon1678Mar. 26, 12 5:32 PM

drposter - Falcon, I agreed with you right up until you went on your anti-conservative rant. You know good and well that the union was spinning their rhetoric as well. Too bad it's hard to sell highly educated grad students on the idea that they'll be replaced by 12yr old children who will be forced to work 16 hour days. ------------- Missouri and Maine are working on legislation to abolish/modify and or change child labor laws and Newt Gingrich made public statements to the effect of using children as janitors in schools. He's also specifically stated that he wouild like to abolish child labor laws calling such laws 'stupid'. Maine is also trying to adopt a pilot '$5.25 an hour teen training wage' bill. Can't find anything on a 16 hour work day, but I figure that's only a matter of time.

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jsthappy2bhrMar. 26, 12 5:33 PM

it was a landslide by frankin/coleman standards

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