Controversy over International Students Joining Union at UW

U. Of Wis. Union Excludes Foreign
January 22, 2010

International students won’t be allowed to join a union for research assistants at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under a new policy that labor activists believe is the first of its kind in the U.S.

All-American Union
January 25, 2010

The University of Wisconsin at Madison says that it is trying to protect its international students by keeping them out of a new union for graduate research assistants. The argument — which union activists and some independent experts call unprecedented — has angered graduate students and advocates for international students.

Wisconsin’s Stance on International Students and Union Changed, Message SuggestsThe Chronicle of Higher Education
January 26,2010

The University of Wisconsin at Madison says it believes international students would be putting their visas at risk if they joined a new union for graduate research assistants, but an e-mail message that was part of an exchange between senior officials at the institution last year suggests that the university didn’t always take that position.