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Union Leaders on Failure of Yale University to Negotiate with its Graduate Employees

“AFT members and graduate employees around the country stand in solidarity with the employees at Yale University and the thousands who joined them yesterday for a commencement day protest . 
“In February, grad workers voted overwhelmingly for a union, Local 33 UNITE HERE, to represent them at the bargaining table with Yale’s administration. In the three long months since, administrators have not only betrayed the law and the university’s values, they have cynically taken the side of Donald Trump. They have filed futile legal objections in the hope the president appoints new members to the National Labor Relations Board to strip graduate workers of their rights nationwide. 
“Yale President Peter Salovey must choose which side he is on – the side of the democratic spirit he was appointed to uphold, or the autocracy embodied by Donald Trump. His legacy will be judged by his choice in this moment.”
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AFT Connecticut is a labor federation of nearly 30,000 women and men, including 4,500 higher education administration, faculty and support staff in public and private colleges and universities throughout the state. For more information, visit or follow the labor federation on Twitter at @AFTCT and on Facebook at



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