PETITION IN SUPPORT OF THE TEACHING AND RESEARCH ASSISTANTS COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTS ACT

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4,113 Signatures Goal: 5,000

To U.S. Senators and Representatives: We, the undersigned, urge you to co-sponsor and support the Teaching and Research Assistants Collective Bargaining Rights Act, which would amend the National Labor Relations Act to restore collective bargaining rights to teaching and research assistants at private universities and colleges. This bill would reverse the unjust decision by the Bush appointees to the National Labor Relations Board (in Brown University) that stripped thousands of teaching and research assistants across the country of their right to negotiate equitable pay, health benefits and workload protections. This decision to deny teaching and research assistants their internationally recognized right to freedom of association has been condemned by thousands of scholars and human rights advocates, including the International Labor Organization, an agency of the United Nations. Teaching and research assistants perform an increasing share of universities’ labor -- including teaching, research and administrative duties. Teaching and research assistants are workers who deserve, and whose livelihoods depend on, the full protections of the National Labor Relations Act, including the freedom to form unions and to bargain collectively over working conditions without fear of reprisal. Fair and secure working conditions for TA’s and RA’s at private colleges and universities mean better learning conditions for students at those institutions. Intellectual freedom and democratic exchange are hallmarks of institutions of higher learning, yet these values are undermined when TA’s and RA’s are denied their freedom of association and their right to collective bargaining. We urge, in the strongest possible terms, that you co-sponsor and support the Teaching and Research Assistants Collective Bargaining Rights Act. ***NOTE: WHEN YOU SIGN THE PETITION, ONLY YOUR NAME AND ANY AFFILIATION OR TITLE YOU CHOOSE TO ENTER WILL BE DISPLAYED PUBLICLY ***ANYONE CAN SIGN THE PETITION -- PLEASE CIRCULATE WIDELY

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**NOTE: WHEN YOU SIGN THE PETITION, ONLY YOUR NAME AND ANY AFFILIATION OR TITLE YOU CHOOSE TO ENTER WILL BE DISPLAYED PUBLICLY ***ANYONE CAN SIGN THE PETITION -- PLEASE CIRCULATE WIDELY This petition has been launched by graduate teaching and research assistants from across the United States to back the Teaching and Research Assistants Collective Bargaining Rights Act -- federal legislation which will grant full collective bargaining rights for academic workers at private sector colleges and universities. The petition calls for members of Congress to join in sponsoring the the Teaching and Research Assistants Collective Bargaining Rights Act, HR 5838. The bill was introduced on April 17, 2008 by Rep. George Miller (D-CA) in the House and Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) in the Senate. Major legislative leaders are co-sponsors of the bill, including Democratic Presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY), and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY). The Teaching and Research Assistants Collective Bargaining Rights Act is also supported by a wide range of unions with members currently working in higher education, including the UAW, the American Federation of Teachers, UNITE-HERE, the American Association of University Professors, the Collective Bargaining Congress of the American Association of University Professors, the Communication Workers of America and the AFL-CIO.

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