Last week, workers at the Charlotte Observer announced that an overwhelming majority of eligible staff have signed cards declaring their desire to join the Washington-Baltimore News Guild (TNG-CWA Local 32035). The workers are asking for voluntary recognition from the company so they can begin bargaining for a contract that will ensure a diverse, strong, committed newsroom.
On Monday, graduate student workers at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences announced that a supermajority of workers have signed cards indicating their desire to form a union with CWA. Their union, Fordham Graduate Student Workers (FGSW), is seeking voluntary recognition from university management in order to begin bargaining a fair contract that will create a formal grievance structure, raise workers’ pay, secure affordable healthcare, ensure paid leave and reasonable accommodations for parents and caretakers, cut burdensome student fees, and establish protections for international students. The union has also filed for an election with the National Labor Relations Board should university management refuse to voluntarily recognize the union.
Fordham university graduate student workers held an event to deliver a letter demanding recognition to President Fr. Joseph McShane’s office.