WHEREAS Yale graduate employees have been trying to unionize for twelve years.
AND WHEREAS, whatever our opinions on unionization, we believe that discussion around this question should occur in an atmosphere which reflects the values of the academy.
AND WHEREAS an academic labor panel was convened on September 20, 2003, to consider charges of intimidating and coercive behavior by the Yale administration and some faculty, particularly in science departments. The panel consisted of: Fred Feinstein (chairman), former NLRB General Counsel; Cynthia Estlund, Professor, Columbia Law; Karl Klare, Professor Northeastern Law; Adolph Reed, Professor, Political Science at the New School; Robert Reich, Professor, Brandeis, and former U.S. Labor Secretary; and Emily Spieler, Dean, Northeastern School of Law.
AND WHEREAS their statement notes, "The fact that so many students reported threatening and intimidating experiences, including in relationships with their immediate academic supervisors, itself raises a serious concern ... Even if the reports we heard at the forum are exaggerated or mistaken, everyone connected with Yale should be alarmed by the apparent level of distrust, which cannot serve the interests of any segment of the community."
AND WHEREAS the statement concludes, "we note with regret that the consequence of the administration's position, if sustained by the NLRB, is that the serious charges of intimidation and interference with expressional freedom raised by GESO's supporters will never receive any sort of adjudicative hearing."
BE IT RESOLVED that the Yale administration and GESO (the graduate employee union at Yale) should, as recommended by this statement, "find a mutually acceptable forum for reaching some understanding about conduct that members of the Yale community regard as a genuine threat to their freedom of belief and expression. That forum could be the NLRB if all parties conceded its jurisdiction; or it could be another forum devised by the parties."
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Stefanie Beninato - 1/14/2004
If the AHA wants to get involved in single university politics, then I would ask for AHA support in pressuring the University of New Mexico and the College of Santa Fe to raise the amount they pay adjunct facilty. Neither of these institutions have raised the pay for these positions in approximately 20 years. I was told I was no longer needed at the College of Santa Fe when I suggested a pay raise for all those in my same position. That was four years ago.
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