Grad Students at Ivy League Colleges are Fighting Back
By Sandy Southivilay
Pointing to the burden of long hours, low pay and racial and gender inequality among faculty and students, graduate students at two Ivy League universities, Yale and Harvard, are fighting back with union organizing drives. At Yale, the Graduate Employee and Students Organization (GESO) have repeatedly asked the administrators to negotiate, but to no avail. Earlier this spring hundreds of students delivered a petition to the administration signed by more than 1,100 members of the organization. “We are a union and we are not waiting for recognition to act like one,” said GESO co-chairwoman Robin Canavan, a third-year grad student.