Integrity. Impact. Independence.

Resolution Affirming The Rights of Graduate Student Workers to Organize for Fair Working Conditions

Docket 0679

WHEREAS: Boston College relies upon the labor of student workers to educate its students,
assist its faculty, and produce research that increases the global standing of the
University; and

WHEREAS: On September 12 and 13, 2017, graduate student workers voted to form their
union, Boston College Graduate Employee Union (BCGEU-UAW), in a fair and
open election; and

WHEREAS: Boston College has refused every request by BCGEU-UAW to bargain a fair
contract to address the demands of graduate workers at the University; and

WHEREAS: No worker can do their job well without fair compensation, sufficient health and
dental insurance, and a fair procedure for adjudicating workplace harassment and
discrimination; and

WHEREAS: The faith tradition of Boston College as a Jesuit institution, through Catholic
Social Teaching, strongly supports the dignity of work and the rights of workers,
including their rights to organize and join unions; and

WHEREAS: In September 2018, Boston College graduate workers exercised their federally
protected rights to concerted activity at their workplace; and

WHEREAS: In September 2018, Boston College graduate workers exercised their federally
protected rights to concerted activity at their workplace; and

WHEREAS: Subsequently, the Boston College administration imposed academic discipline on
sixteen (16) graduate workers; and

WHEREAS: The City of Boston does not tolerate any form of harassment, discrimination, or
intimidation, including attempts to dissuade workers from exercising their
workplace rights; NOW THEREFORE

BE IT RESOLVED: That the Boston City Council calls upon the Boston College
administration to respect the democratic choice of its workers by, without delay,
bargaining a contract with BCGEU-UAW that reflects the values of fairness,
equality, and justice the University promotes.

Filed in City Council: Apirl 24, 2019

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