Daily Trojan: Graduate Students Team with USC Forward to Establish Union

The Daily Trojan reporting today on our organizing efforts on campus, quoting many graduate students about the push for unionization at USC:

“Karlynne Ejercito, a graduate student studying American studies and ethnicity who will begin working as a teaching assistant in that department during the next academic year, also emphasized that the desire for a union stems from the fact that many graduate students are married and have started families, and therefore need a body to fight for their access to child care as well as fair wages and racial justice.

‘Some of us want to start families,” Ejercito said. “A union is more of a self-determining body that can advocate on behalf of graduate students in terms of pay, child care, in terms of making sure there’s an anti-racist caucus built into the system.’”

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