McLaughlin ‘has done wonders’ at NYU by Erin Jester
Gainsville Sun, October 14, 2014
McLaughlin expanded faculty governance, including both tenure-track and non-tenure elected faculty representatives on committees, Vintinner said. As a result, participation in faculty governance increased.
But he also had a hand in ending the first union of graduate student workers at a private university, in 2005, when he and NYU executive vice president Jacob Lew refused to negotiate a new contract at the end of the union’s fifth year of existence.
Since then, “We’ve had a really long and hard fight for a contract negotiation,” said Shelly Ronen, a graduate student in NYU’s sociology department and a member of the Graduate Student Organizing Committee’s bargaining unit.
GSOC and university administration are currently negotiating a new contract for graduate student workers, although Ronen said the two sides are having difficulty reaching an agreement.
McLaughlin hasn’t had much of a role in labor negotiations in the last several years.
However, Ronen said, “I think graduate workers at the University of Florida need to be watching this decision very carefully.”
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