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Student Assistants from California State University (CSU) campuses and union leaders held a press conference on Oct. 3 to announce that Student Assistants won the right to vote on forming their union with the California State University Employees Union (CSUEU/SEIU 2579). By demonstrating overwhelming interest in a union election, the Student Assistants have set the stage to create the largest undergraduate working student union in U.S. history.
Like hundreds of thousands of young workers across the country, Student Assistants are taking a stand against exploitation. They perform the work of CSU staff without the pay, benefits or protections.
Now Student Assistants are forming their union to empower themselves against an institution that’s taking advantage of them. CSUEU members support the Student Assistants coming together to form their union because it is the right thing to do. If they are doing union work, they should have a union.
Now that the Public Employment Relations Board has determined the Student Assistants' 8,500 union authorization cards meet the threshold for an election, CSU management should respect the state labor board decision and let Student Assistants vote!
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