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“IU BOARD OF TRUSTEES REJECTS FACULTY VOTE, UNDERMINES SHARED GOVERNANCE AT INDIANA UNIVERSITY” – The Bloomingtonian

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The Indiana University Grad Workers Coalition sent the following press release to the Bloomingtonian on Wednesday:

“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

IU BOARD OF TRUSTEES REJECTS FACULTY VOTE AND UNDERMINES SHARED GOVERNANCE AT INDIANA UNIVERSITY

BLOOMINGTON, Indiana [June 1, 2022] — In a statement released today, the Indiana University Board of Trustees rejected a vote by faculty members approving a path to unionization for graduates. Following a special Bloomington faculty meeting, faculty members voted overwhelmingly, 1,404 to 508, insisting the board begin a dialogue and unionization process. The Board rejected both.

The move comes after more than 1,000 graduate workers at the IU Bloomington campus went on a four-week strike during the recent spring semester. Last December, the IGWC-EU submitted 1,584 union cards, representing a super majority of educated workers, demanding a union election. The IU board also rejected this effort.

Sam Smucker, a Ph.D. media school student, said the IGWC-EU stresses that this is a complete rejection of the system of shared governance. “The faculty has spoken. The board is not listening.

Smucker said the IGWC-EU is asking the board to meet with graduate workers active in the IGWC-EU to hear their concerns. “Right now, we have no way of communicating with the IU board or administration except through the strike. They have closed all avenues to meaningful dialogue,” he said.

Graduate workers are preparing to resume the strike in the fall.

Smucker is also concerned that the Commission is not getting the information needed to make an informed decision. “Many universities, public and private, operate shared governance systems that include unions,” he said. “The Council’s response clearly shows that it is not aware of this reality.”

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Further, the council’s response suggests it is deeply disconnected from IU’s flagship campus in Bloomington and the concerns of those who teach and research here every day, Smucker said. “It is apparent that the Council has not seen the research on unionization in higher education and the positive effects achieved on student academic outcomes, but has only been presented with an ideologically motivated anti-union message “, he added.

Anne Kavalerchik, a Ph.D. sociology student, said IGWC-EU knows the council is committed to the university’s teaching and research mission. She believes the board should listen to constituencies that are committed to this mission on campus.

“Shared governance means listening to all voices and acting in the best interests of the university,” Kavalerchik said. “Students and teachers have spoken. More than 1,800 graduate students signed union cards asking to be represented by IGWC-UE and 1,100 ASAs went on strike for four weeks this spring. Nearly 75% of faculty members voted in favor of a graduate union.

“The administration simply refuses to listen to the two main groups that enable IU’s excellent day-to-day operations,” Kavalerchik said.

About IGWC-EU

Graduate workers are employed as associate instructors, research assistants, graduate assistants, and faculty assistants on the Bloomington campus. They teach hundreds of classes as primary instructors, conduct research in labs, and perform as artists and musicians.

The IGWC-EU submitted almost 1,600 union membership cards to the board asking for a union election in December 2021. The board rejected this request. The union now claims more than 1,800 members among the 2,500 qualified employees.

The United Electrical, Radio and Machinery Workers of America (EU) is an independent, democratic union representing some 30,000 workers in a variety of industries. The motto of the EU is: “Members run this union.

For further questions and correspondence, contact Katie Shy, media correspondent for the Indiana Graduate Workers Coalition ([email protected]919-622-8648).

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