Building a Sustainable Graduate Union or, the Epic Importance of the Mundane

  • Laurie Ousley
  • Michael Rozental


The history of graduate student employee unions has focused almost entirely on the battle for recognition, but now that more and more unions are recognized all the time, we need to begin a consideration of the recognized union and what sort of issues face the particular situation of the graduate student employee union. Our purpose in this paper, which was first presented as part of the Graduate Student Caucus panel at last winter's annual Modern Language Association Conference, is to begin what we hope will be an ongoing discussion that reflects this new phase in the history of the graduate employee union, and that will begin to examine the particular problems faced by graduate unions and how graduate unions function.