Yale is one of the most prestigious and influential universities in America. Every year, the school recruits from the best and brightest students and teachers in the world to create an academic environment that should be a shining example of what the best college education in the United States should be.
But its efforts to stop graduate teachers from joining together in a union are putting that at risk. Graduate teachers voted to unionize in February, but the university administration is refusing to sit down and negotiate with them. Eight graduate teachers now are fasting to get the university to respect their rights.
Yale’s graduation ceremony is Monday, May 22, and graduate teachers are doing everything they can to keep the pressure up before then. Teachers, students and community members have marched, protested, engaged in civil disobedience and, for more than three weeks, have fasted to bring recognition to their struggle to be heard, respected and protected.
So far, university officials aren’t budging on their anti-union stance. They’re delaying negotiations with graduate teachers in the hopes that Donald Trump will appoint people to the National Labor Relations Board who will invalidate the right of graduate teachers to form a union.
But we can make the university administration feel enough pressure that they’ll drop their union-busting tactics.
Add your name to the International Solidarity Statement to demand that the Yale Corporation and Yale President Peter Salovey immediately stop their tactics of delay and respect the values of equality and democracy.