Clark’s graduate student union votes to authorize strike

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The Clark University Graduate Workers United union, backed by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 170 of Worcester, voted overwhelmingly on Monday to allow the union to go on strike in its negotiations with the Clark University administration. in Worcester.

The result of Monday’s holding at University Park was that 97% of the union voted to authorize a strike.

This does not mean that the union would necessarily call a strike, but that it would have the possibility to do so if it deemed it necessary during the negotiations.

The CUGWU voted to officially unionize in March to negotiate increased wages and health insurance coverage, amid rising costs of living, including rising rents in central Massachusetts.

On August 15, Teamsters Local 170, on behalf of CUGWU, filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board, saying the university had reneged on its promise to provide union employees with a comprehensive health insurance subsidy. 100 %. The union also claimed that the university refused to discuss salaries and other economic elements such as paid holidays and insurance.

The university, at the end of August, made an offer which was rejected by the union, calling it unserious.

Upon request Tuesday, Clark did not immediately provide comment.

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