Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

University of Missouri Considering Legality of Union for Graduate Students

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

University of Missouri Considering Legality of Union for Graduate Students

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COLUMBIA, MO. * The University of Missouri is looking into whether a graduate student employee union at the university would be legal, interim President Michael Middleton said.

"We believe that the university needs clarity on the graduate students' legal right to organize, as there is no legal precedent or clarity in current Missouri law to make that determination," Middleton said in a release Wednesday.

The release was issued after an unpublicized meeting between administrators and representatives of the Coalition for Graduate Workers and the National Education Association, according to the Columbia Daily Tribune.

The graduate employee rights movement began after officials at the Columbia campus announced last August that the university would immediately stop paying graduate students' health insurance premiums because of potential penalties stemming from provisions of the 2010 federal Affordable Care Act.

The university later reversed its decision, and interim Chancellor Hank Foley said Jan. …

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