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Part 2 of 4 in my extended interview with activists from Graduate Students United at the University of Chicago. They sing “Ballad of the Marooned Dissertation Writers,” by radical folklorist Joe Grim Feinberg. Graduate employee unionization in the U.S. is more advanced at public institutions, and organizing at private schools stalled for a while in the aftermath of the Bush mob’s hijack of the NLRB, but there is a resurgence of militancy among grad employees at private institutions.

Part 1: Why Graduate Students Unionize
Part 3: Pushback
Part 4: Unions and Academic Democracy

I’ve restarted the video series in connection with the summer conferences of contingent faculty and graduate employees in the U.S. and Canada. The next installments will feature an interview with leaders of the graduate employee union at NYU and with faculty serving contingently: Melanie Hubbard, a Columbia Ph.D. with articles, an NEH fellowship and a book contract who has served as full-time contingent faculty for ten years; Elizabeth Hoffman, an activist with the California Faculty Association; and “Anonymous,” a long-term part-time lecturer.

17th Annual Coalition of Graduate Employee Unions Conference
Hosted by GESO in New Haven, CT. July 31-August 3 2008

4th Annual Canadian Coalition of Graduate Employee Unions Conference
Hosted by GTA-Union at the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario. August 7-9, 2008.

8th International Conference of the Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor
Hosted by COCAL-California, San Diego State University. August 8-10, 2008

17th ANNUAL CGEU CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
Thursday July 31 – Sunday August 3 2008, New Haven, CT

For more information on registration, go to www.geso.org or email Mary
Reynolds at mary@yaleunions.org. If you will need a homestay, please
contact Mary Reynolds asap.

Thursday, July 31
5pm-8pm, Registration, GESO office, 425 College Street, 3rd floor

Friday, August 1
9am-10:30am, Breakfast and Registration, 81 Wall Street, Room 101

10:30am-12:30pm, 81 Wall Street, Room 301
The Global University and Organizing Global Scholars
  Rana Jaleel, GSOC/UAW, NYU
  Jeffrey Boyd and Lucas Klein, GESO/UNITE HERE, Yale

10:30am-12:30pm, 81 Wall Street, Room 401
University Growth, Faculty Shrinkage: Endowments, Development and
Privatization
  Maris Zivarts, UNITE HERE, Yale
  Amber Cooper, GEO/AFT, UIC
  TBA, GEO/AFT, U of Michigan

12:30pm-1:15pm, 34 Hillhouse Ave, LUCE Hall Common Room
Boxed Lunch

1:30pm-3:30pm, 81 Wall Street, Room 301
Winning Our Issues: Using Research at and away from the Bargaining Table
  Scott Bruton, AAUP/AFT, Rutgers
  Bernie Zirnheld and Paul Shin, GESO/UNITE HERE, Yale

1:30pm-3:30pm, 81 Wall Street, Room 101
Organizing Legislative Campaigns
  Patrick Gallagher and Joanna Holzman, GSOC/UAW, NYU
  TBA, TAA/AFT, U of Wisconsin

4:30pm-6pm, 425 College Street, Trinity Hall
KEYNOTE: Labor and the Presidential Campaign
  Tom Snyder, National Political Director, UNITE HERE

6pm, 425 College Street, Trinity Hall
Dinner

Saturday, August 2
9am-10am, Registration, 81 Wall Street, Room 101

10am-11pm, 81 Wall Street, Room 301
Discussion: Redefining Community: Race, Gender, Class and Challenging
Institutional Power
  Sarah Haley, Alejandro Delgado, and Serena Sprungl, GESO/UNITE HERE, Yale

10am-12pm, 81 Wall Street, Room 401
Who?s Doing the Teaching?: Restructuring Academic Work
  David Assouline, GESO/UNITE HERE, Yale
  Mikael Swayze, CUPE, U of Toronto
  Barbara Bowen, PSC/CUNY, AFT

12pm-1pm, 34 Hillhouse Ave, LUCE Common Room
Boxed lunch

1pm-3pm, 81 Wall Street, Room 301
Coalition Building: How to Build Alliances with other Workers on Campus
  Anita Seth, GESO/UNITE HERE, Yale
  Lisha Story, GEO/UAW, UMass-Amherst
  TBA, GEO/AFT, U of Michigan

1pm-3pm, 81 Wall Street, Room 401
Building Organizing Committees: High Turnover, the Memory Problem, and
the Union Difference
  Susan Valentine, GSOC/UAW, NYU
  Carlos Aramayo, GESO/UNITE HERE, Yale
  Amber Cooper, GEO/AFT, UIC
  Jim McAsey, GSEU/CWA, SUNY

3:30pm-5:30pm, WLH 117
Plenary: Legislative Strategies
  Barbara Bowen, President, Professional Staff Congress/CUNY and Vice
President, AFT
  Christian Sweeney, Technical, Office, and Professional Department, UAW

Sunday, August 3
9am-11am, Breakfast and Closing Session



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