MSU Grad Students Vote to Unionize

MSU’s graduate students have voted to form an employee union, the first of its kind in the state, the Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported Wednesday.

The MSU Administration has resisted unionization efforts, arguing that grad students cannot legally unionize because they are at MSU primarily for the sake of pursuing a degree as students instead of employees.

Grad students, who are often asked to work 55-60 hours a week, have expressed concerns about health insurance coverage, conflict resolution with faculty advisers and pay levels, especially for students with families. They and representatives from the MEA-MFT, the union MSU’s faculty voted to join in 2009, argue that graduate assistants should be considered public employees.

The Chronicle’s article on the vote can be found at http://goo.gl/Rfl1p.