After Three Year Struggle Boston College Workers Are Voting On Union Representation
By Doug Cunningham
Grad student workers at Boston College are voting on whether or not to join the Boston Graduate Employees Union – UAW. It’s been a three year union organizing effort. Physics Ph.D. student worker Aaron Rose is pro-union because he wants a family friendly workplace.
[Aaron Rose]: “My wife and I are both Ph.D. students here in the Boston area. A couple years ago we decided to start a family.
What we found, though is that we had to wait another year to save up enough for child care, which in Boston costs the same as rent.
So I support the graduate student union effort because we need family friendly policies such as child care assistance or parental leave.”
Caliesha Comley is also urging Boston grad student workers to vote yes for the union this week.
[Caliesha Comley]: “I’m very excited for the opportunity to vote union yes. With a grad union we will gain the power to collectively bargain a contract with Boston College that both secures our current benefits and gives us a stronger voice in shaping the policies that impact our working conditions.”
For Boston College grad student worker David Sessions a desire for better insurance benefits helps motivate his Union Yes vote.
[David Sessions]: “When I went to the dentist I found out that I had several cavities and other problems…fixing those problems without insurance would have cost over a thousand dollars.
And the people whose labor make their university run shouldn’t have to choose between an essential part of their health and paying their rent.”