Union activity on campus: How higher ed can prepare for unionization efforts by student workers

One of the best ways for IHEs to tackle union organization issues is to understand why student workers turn to unions in the first place. Recent examples of union organization campaigns at IHEs suggest that student workers believe union membership may provide them better benefits in the following areas:

  • Increased compensation
  • Greater access to training and equipment
  • Workload management
  • Job security protections
  • Health insurance and other employee benefits

In addition to the issues above, arguably the most common catalyst for union organization campaigns is a sentiment amongst employees – rightly or wrongly – that their voices are not heard by their employer.

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