Union Impact and Non-Impact
October 8, 2013
Published at Inside Higher Ed on October 8, 2013; by Scott jaschik.
Currently, there are no private universities with graduate student unions. But many public universities have them, and the authors of a paper released this year surveyed similar graduate students at universities with and without unions about pay and also the student-faculty relationship. The study found unionized graduate students earn more, on average. And on various measures of student-faculty relations, the survey found either no difference or (in some cases) better relations at unionized campuses.
The paper (abstract available here) appears in ILR Review, published by Cornell University.