Unions 101

On November 13, 2020, NUGW had its first virtual political education event, featuring three members speaking about our history as a union, the role of race and gender in union building, and the differences between business unions and the type of worker-powered union we are building. You can view each of the talks here:

Kitty Yang gives an overview of why graduate unions are beneficial and important to graduate student workers, and demonstrates it with a history of NUGW’s actions and achievements:
Cinnamon Williams breaks down the myths, facts, and histories of racialized and gendered representation and participation in unions and the labor movement:
Eli Lichtenstein discusses the differences between a top-down ‘business unionism’ style of leadership and affiliation, versus democratic rank-and-file-powered union, and the collective strength of members of the latter.