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Grad Students Want Unions to Seek Harassment Protections

Feb. 7, 2017, 11:48 PM

Graduate student workers want union representation on campus, and not just for fair wages and health care, according to advocates. The workers are looking for protections against sexual harassment and assault, as well. And unions are the right place to turn, labor representatives told Bloomberg BNA in recent interviews.

Sexual harassment involving graduate students is widespread on college campuses across the country, Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, said.

Graduate students say they contend with harassment and assault by fellow students and faculty members, according to the Association of American Universities’ 2015 Campus Climate Survey on Sexual ...