Here are the highlights of today's University of Minnesota grad-student unionization forum as I tweeted them.
It's the fourth time grad students are trying to organize, the last time being in 2005.
But it's the first time they've ran a campaign into a second year, Aldarondo said, as well as the first to be affiliated with the United Auto Workers.
Aldarondo says represents more academic student employees than any other union in the country, and told me:
"They have a proven track record of winning campaigns just like this one."
I'll be writing more about this later, but for now here are the tweets. It's better to read them from the bottom up.
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The panelists were graduate students Charlie Billington, Shankar Krishnan and Cecilia Aldarando, and professors Jerry Cohen and Richard McGehee, as well as state Rep. Mike Nelson (DFL-Brooklyn Park).
Barb Kucera, director of the Labor Education Service at the Carlson School of Management, was the moderator.
No students really critical of union, judging from questions.
Not much said about the nuts and bolts of collective bargaining.
Rep. Nelson: That's a classic tactic used to buy people off.
Rep. Nelson: True, unions have pulled some bad moves. But not many. This anti-union propaganda happens all the time during or attempts.
State Rep. Mike Nelson (DFL): I was in union. Put me on even level w/employer, gave me democ. in workplace.