The Boston City Council Committee on Jobs, Wages, and Workforce Development questioned graduate students from Boston College, Northeastern University, Boston University, and Harvard University.
Boston City Council unanimously passed a resolution on Wednesday in support of the Boston College Graduate Employees Union.
Georgetown graduate students voted 555-108 in favor of unionization to complete the final step toward recognition and official unionization.
About 30 members of the Boston College Graduate Employees Union (BCGEU-UAW) first walked out of the annual President’s Address in Robsham Theater before carrying out a planned picket outside Pops on the Heights Friday night.
The letter was written in response to the union spreading what the administration believed was false information in correspondence sent to University trustees and faculty members, according to a person familiar with the letter.
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.
“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.
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“This is going to establish a trend, a pattern, and a precedent,” Gary N. Chiason, a professor at Clark University, told The New York Times.