Graduate assistants at the University of Minnesota have voted against a move to form a union with the help of the United Auto Workers, the Minnesota Daily reports.
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U grad students prepare to vote on union, backed by United Auto Workers
Graduate students at the University of Minnesota are taking another shot at unionization. This time proponents of the idea have joined up with the United Auto Workers. A vote to organize would mean students would be obligated to pay dues (even non-members), and the school would be obligated to bargain in good faith.
Grad students at the University of Minnesota wrap up unionization vote
MPR reports votes will be counted Monday and should only take a few hours. If the majority of the more than 4000 student workers voted in favor of it, all grad students would be obligated to pay the $200-$350 dues each year. This is the fifth time graduate students at the University of Minnesota have tried to unionize.
State rejects union lawsuit claiming University of Minnesota interference
Graduate assistants at the U of M filed a claim alleging the school tried to stifle talks about unionization and attempts to organize. MPR reports the Bureau of Mediation Services ruled there was no proof the university interfered with the election. In March, grad assistants voted 62 percent against a union and 38 percent in favor of it -- the fifth time the assistants have tried to join a union.
Workers at taconite plant near Aurora reject union
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One child care provider who has joined a lawsuit to block a vote to unionize tells Forum Communications' reporter Don Davis that she worries a union would take over all negotiations with state officials, leaving her with no voice of her own. But union supporters say the move to stop the vote is just a ploy by "cheap-labor conservatives" and that unionization would provide better pay and benefits for workers in the industry.
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