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 – www.insidehighered.com
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.
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.