Graduate teachers at Yale spent many years organizing over issues like insecure and declining pay and gaps in their benefits. Repeatedly, Yale told these teachers to go through the National Labor Relations Board if they wanted a union. They did so, and in February, they voted to unionize in eight departments on campus.
Now Yale has refused to recognize their union and negotiate. Instead, the university administration has generated endless legal delays, clearly hoping to stall until Donald Trump can appoint a new NLRB to overturn the election and roll back workers’ rights.
Unwilling to wait for this eventuality, the graduate teachers (members of Local 33 UNITE HERE) have been taking action. On April 25, eight brave teachers began an indefinite fast. They are going without eating as long as they are medically able, and then others are prepared to take their place. Union members also set up an occupation on the university’s central Beinecke Plaza, on Wall Street in New Haven. They’re calling the encampment, which they’re occupying day and night, “33 Wall Street.”
So please join Local 33 at 8:30 AM on Monday, May 22, Yale’s Commencement Day. On Yale’s most important day, we will flood the city of New Haven with working people, to show that nobody — not Donald Trump, not the Yale administration — will make us move backward now.
Learn more: http://www.local33.org/