UNC Grad Students, Campus Employees Seek to Form a Union

UNC Grad Students, Campus Employees Seek to Form a Union

Graduate students and campus workers at UNC-Chapel Hill are organizing for better working conditions—and, in the process, reviving the school’s union past.

The North Carolina Public Service Workers Union traces its roots to UNC’s campus, where in the early 1990s housekeepers—along with groundskeepers and maintenance workers—organized with goals of better pay and freedom from discrimination. Linking up with housekeepers throughout the UNC system and other public employees, they formed the Public Service Workers Organization that, in 1997, would give way to a new, statewide chapter of the national United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America—UE 150.…

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