MU administrators deny Coalition of Graduate Workers' constitutional right to organize

From the Missouri National Education Association
1810 E. Elm St., Jefferson City, MO 65101

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Steve McLuckie
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Feb. 10, 2016

As stewards of the public trust and of public funds, administrators of the University of Missouri missed an opportunity to prove their responsible management of both today by refusing to grant consent for a representative election by the University's graduate employees.

The MU Coalition of Graduate Workers, which represents graduate employees at University of Missouri, has communicated to the administration its desire for recognition to negotiate as an employee union. In addition, the CGW has completed the required process to lead to that recognition, even surpassing national best practices for doing so.

“By refusing to grant its consent for a representative election, the University administration is forcing CGW to take legal action that will likely prove costly to the University, and that the University will likely lose,” says Missouri NEA Pres. Charles E. Smith. “The question before the University administration is simple: Shall the University of Missouri be known as an academic institution that trusts its graduate employees to teach its undergraduate population about their constitutional rights as students and citizens, but which simultaneously denies its graduate employees their own constitutional rights as public employees? We believe that the cost of litigating this question -- to the University's funds and to the University's reputation -- is unnecessary, which suggests that the administration's decision today is irrational.”

The 35,000-member Missouri National Education Association represents teachers, education support professionals, college faculty, retired teachers and students studying to be teachers in school districts and on college campuses throughout the state. It is the Missouri affiliate of the 3 million-member National Education Association.  


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Posted Date: 2/10/2016
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