Keith Ellison, U.S. representative, Minnesota District 5
University of Minnesota graduate assistants have been working to gain the right to bargain collectively since 1991. Looking at this week’s unionization vote, here’s my take on why graduate assistants will be better off with a union. By coming together to form a union, graduate assistants will have a stronger voice when it comes to working conditions, wages and benefits. Right now, University administrators can change pay, health care benefits and working conditions without consultation. With a union, graduate assistants would be able to negotiate those things.