Graduate Student Research Assistant/Researcher Collective Bargaining Rights


Resolution 13-04.36


WHEREAS, thousands of graduate students at the U.C. have the right to be represented by a union when they work as teaching assistants, tutors and readers, but lose the rights and protections of a union contract - including but not limited to job security rights, protections against discrimination, workload protections, grievance and arbitration procedures, child care subsidies, and family and medical leave - when they make the common shift from working as a teaching assistant to working as a research assistant or graduate student researcher,

WHEREAS, reaching assistants and graduate student researchers at the U.C work in the same labs and at the same workbenches as 6,000 postdoctoral researchers who already enjoy the rights and protections of a union contract,

WHEREAS, the potential costs of collective bargaining with research assistants would be small, and the cost of denying workers basic rights and protections incalculable,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party supports the extension of collective bargaining rights to research assistants and graduate student researchers.


Supported by UC Santa Barbara Campus Democrats

Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its July 2013 Executive Board Meeting
Hilton Hotel, Costa Mesa
July 21, 2013





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