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Judge Hears Final Arguments in Historic MU Grad Worker Unionization Case

Apr 23, 2018

Are MU graduate workers employees with the right to unionize?

To the nearly 100 graduate students and Columbia residents rallying Friday afternoon outside the Boone County Courthouse, the answer was a resounding yes.

“We are employees,” coalition co-chair Simona Simkins said determinedly into a microphone. She called for guaranteed access to health care, child care and livable wages for MU’s graduate workers.

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 Members of a University of Missouri graduate student advocacy group are raising concerns about insurance recommendations.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reported the Forum on Graduate Rights steering committee said in a statement that the recommendations outlined in a panel's report would leave graduate students worse off than the university's current plan.

The governing board of the University of Missouri System is asking to hear from students about racial issues at the Columbia campus.

University of Missouri Delays Tuition Waiver Changes

Nov 5, 2015
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In an email sent to graduate school staff, University of Missouri officials announced early Thursday afternoon that changes to the way the school handles graduate tuition waivers will be delayed.

 

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 Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin said the University of Missouri will pay health insurance premiums for graduate student employees next year.

Loftin announced the move Wednesday at a meeting where faculty expressed concerns about recruiting graduate students for next year.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reported Loftin said the university would cover insurance costs, but he did not give more specifics.

The university told graduate assistants in August it could no longer pay for their health insurance premiums because of a recent IRS interpretation of the Affordable Care Act.

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 Graduate workers at the University of Missouri's flagship campus in Columbia are moving closer to unionizing.

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University of Missouri Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin announced Friday that the University will “defer implementation” of its decision last week that would have stopped graduate student health insurance subsidies.

The University will continue to pay health insurance subsidies to eligible graduate students.

When asked what had changed between last Friday and this Friday, Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin said simply “time.”