The change would officially leave graduate worker unions such as the Boston College Graduate Employees Union without any legal recourse.
The Boston College Graduate Employees Union released a video from Massachusetts Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren endorsing its fight for recognition.
The Boston City Council Committee on Jobs, Wages, and Workforce Development questioned graduate students from Boston College, Northeastern University, Boston University, and Harvard University.
Friday’s march occurred in the midst of a number of notable events for other unions across the country, including Harvard University voting to form a union.
“These workers are not going away, and we will stand with them for as long as it takes and and we will coordinate our resources to support them,” said Dennis Williams of the United Auto Workers.
“The United Auto Workers’ withdrawal of its petition to the [National Labor Relations Board] means that the UAW is no longer the exclusive bargaining agent for graduate students at Boston College and there is no action pending before the NLRB,” University Spokesman Jack Dunn said in an email.
By rescinding its petition with the NLRB, the union ended legal proceedings with the organization, which could have compelled the University’s recognition of the union.
“In recent weeks, the NLRB has issued decisions that make clear it is a partisan vehicle for limiting workers’ rights,” the Boston College Graduate Employees Union organizing committee wrote in an email.