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Coverage

UGSDW Withdraws Petition to Expand Union, Case Will Not Reach NLRB (Scarlet & Black)

Grinnell Students Drop Union Expansion Bid (Iowa Public Radio)

Students at Iowa college drop union organizing effort (Associated Press)

Iowa students drop union push amid challenge, fearing rollback of Obama-era wins (CNN)

Grinnell student-worker union calls foul as it ends expansion efforts (Des Moines Register)

How a Small Liberal Arts College in Iowa Could Hand Trump a Big Win Against Labor Rights (Mother Jones)

Inside the College Union Beef Exposing Liberal America’s Elite Hypocrisy (VICE)

Iowa College Challenges Vote To Expand Student Workers Union (Here & Now, WBUR)

Grinnell College ‘Invites Trump onto Campus,’ Aiming to Limit Student Collective Bargaining (Progressive)

Iowa College Becomes Battleground For Student Worker Unionization (NPR)

‘Blatant scare tactics’: Iowa university leads crackdown on student unions (Guardian)

Grinnell Files Federal Appeal Over Vote To Expand Students’ Union (Iowa Public Radio)

Grinnell College Risks its Reputation with Labor Dispute (Iowa Starting Line)

Grinnell College student-worker union falls a few votes short of holding proposed strike (Des Moines Register)

Grinnell Union Workers Vote Not To Authorize Strike (Iowa Public Radio)

An Anti-Union (Liberal) College? (Inside Higher Ed)

Grinnell Union Workers Hope To Negotiate, Halt Appeal (Iowa Public Radio)

Grinnell College students willing to negotiate union disagreement (Radio Iowa)

Alumni Speak Out on College’s Decision to Appeal UGSDW (Scarlet & Black)

The S&B Explains the College’s Union Appeal Process (Scarlet & Black)

Letter to the Editor: A Lifelong Grinnellian Speaks Out on Unionization (Scarlet & Black)

Grinnell student union members to vote whether to strike Friday after administrators refuse to meet with them (Des Moines Register)

Grinnell College president: We won’t bargain with student workers union while our appeal is pending (Des Moines Register)

Grinnell alumni: College should not undermine student union vote (Des Moines Register)

UGSDW Leads Protest to Nollen House in Response to Administrations’ Looming NLRB Appeal (Scarlet & Black)

Iowa College Looks to Stop Students’ Unionizing Effort (Associated Press)

Grinnell Students Protest School’s Attempt to Quash Union (Des Moines Register)

UGSDW Wins Election to Expand Union (Scarlet & Black)

Grinnell student workers approve campuswide union; school’s move to quash has national implications (Des Moines Register)

Liberal Arts Students’ Union Bid Threatens Obama-Era Policy (Bloomberg Law)

Ep. 108: The Union of Grinnell Student Dining Workers (Future Left)

UGSDW Wins Right to Election (Scarlet & Black)

The College Announces Plan to Appeal NLRB Decision (Scarlet & Black)

In Iowa, Pioneering Undergrad Workers Union Keeps Growing (Labor Notes)

Historic Unionization Hearing Concludes, with NLRB Ruling Pending (Scarlet & Black)

College and Union Convene Historic Hearing on Expanded Unionization Efforts (Scarlet & Black)

UGSDW Aims to Expand (Scarlet & Black)

College Community Debates Expanding Union (Scarlet & Black)

Student Workers Demand Union, College Responds “No” (Scarlet & Black)

Grinnell College attempts to become most unionized campus in America (Daily Tar Heel)

Students seek title of “most unionized campus in the country” (Campus Reform)

These Iowa Students Want Their College to be the “Most Unionized Campus in the Country” (Des Moines Register)

Grinnell Dining Workers Launch Campaign to Represent All Student Campus Workers (Workers Independent News)

Union Plans to Represent All Student Workers (Scarlet & Black)

Grinnell Students Looking to Expand Union (WOI-TV)

Grinnell College Student Workers Seek to Expand Their Union   (Iowa Public Radio)

UGSDW Negotiates 2.7 Percent Pay Raise   (Scarlet & Black)

Student Union Pushes for Wage   (Scarlet & Black)

Undergraduates Are Workers, Too   (Jacobin magazine)

Union of Grinnell Student Dining Workers Advocates for High School Students’ Wages   (Scarlet & Black)

Undergraduate Unions: The Next Frontier?   (Dissent magazine)

Student Dining Worker Union Ratifies Contract, Raises Pay   (Grinnell Magazine)

Union of Students Approves Contract with College   (Scarlet & Black)

Grinnell student employees approve union contract   (Des Moines Register)

Only Independent Undergraduate Labor Union in U.S. Wins Wage Increases   (OurGrinnell)

Bring your Bargaining Chips to the Bargaining Team Meetings   (Scarlet & Black)

Press Releases

Union members occupy Grinnell's administrative building.

Grinnell College Sent Backpedaling After Successful Student Demonstration

December 14, 2018
After a student occupation of Grinnell’s administrative building, President Kington said that the college would no longer oppose UGSDW’s request to withdraw its petition.
UGSDW march, December 7. Photo by Winnie Commers.

UGSDW Withdraws Petition, Seeks to Preserve Rights of Student Workers; Grinnell Opposes

December 14, 2018
To preserve student workers’ rights nationwide, UGSDW has requested to withdraw its position. Grinnell College is hypocritically opposing it.
UGSDW members march to protest Grinnell's actions

Grinnell College, Running Scared… to Trump

December 11, 2018
On Friday, Grinnell filed a request for review with the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C. If the NLRB grants the college’s request, it could undo our democratic election victory, and strip student workers in the U.S. of their right to unionize. We are disgusted and saddened by Grinnell’s decision to appeal.
Screenshot of framework agreement

Grinnell College Deals Fatal Blow to Civil Discourse… Again.

December 5, 2018
On Wednesday, President Kington officially ran out of excuses for its refusal to speak with Union leadership, instead resorting to blatant lies. This is yet another chapter in a long series of mistruths peddled by the College.
Student protesters marching

Grinnell College Threatens Union Members in Latest Blow to Civil Discourse

November 30, 2018
On Friday, after a successful labor action by UGSDW activists, Grinnell College made more baseless claims that jeopardize our campus’s essential freedoms.
Final tally of ballots

Student Workers: We’re Stickin’ with the Union

November 27, 2018
On Tuesday, ballots were cast and counted in the National Labor Relations Board’s secret ballot election determining whether student workers across campus want to be represented by UGSDW. We are excited to announce that we won the election by a five-to-one margin!
Proskauer Rose's headquarters in New York

Statement on Nov. 19 Special Campus Memo

November 19, 2018
Grinnell College has filed a motion to stay the union election and prevent student workers from voting. UGSDW is fighting tooth and nail to keep the election on track.

Statement on Nov. 12 Special Campus Memo

November 12, 2018
On Monday, Grinnell College administration released yet another Special Campus Memo responding to UGSDW’s continued fight for worker’s rights. They are grasping at straws.
NLRB Hearing, October 18, 2018

Student Workers Prevail as NLRB Directs Union Election

November 5, 2018
On Monday, November 5, the Regional Director of the NLRB in Minneapolis published a decision about our pending unionization case, directing an election for November 27.
Authorizations from Student Workers

UGSDW Files for Election, Paving the Way for Campus-wide Union

October 8, 2018
UGSDW filed a petition on Monday with the federal National Labor Relations Board, a first step towards a union election which would allow UGSDW to represent all student workers at Grinnell College. If more than 50% of the votes at the election are for the union, it will be certified, and the college will be required to start bargaining over wages, benefits, and workplace conditions.
Langston Thomas, speaking

The Most Unionized Campus in America

September 20, 2017
UGSDW announced Wednesday a new effort to unionize all student workers at Grinnell College. If successful, the union would triple the size of its bargaining unit and make Grinnell the only educational institution in the country to have every undergraduate worker represented by a union.
Workers at Grinnell's dining hall

Student Dining Workers Ratify New Contract with Grinnell College

September 9, 2017
UGSDW members voted unanimously Saturday to ratify a new two-year contract with Grinnell College, ending a months-long dispute over cost-of-living adjustments for dining hall employees. Beginning next week, wages will increase to $9.50 per hour from $9.25 per hour. Starting in July 2018, wages will increase again, in proportion to the raise received by other support staff at the college.

Members Reject Grinnell’s Final Offer — Again

August 27, 2017

Press Release

Bob's Underground Cafe

Statement on the Closing of Bob’s Underground Cafe and Lyle’s Pub

August 26, 2017

Press Release

Summer White

UGSDW Endorses Summer White for SGA President

February 23, 2017

Press Release

Spencer Grill

UGSDW Begins Unionization of the Spencer Grill

November 27, 2016

Press Release

Meeting

First Contract Ratified!

September 27, 2016
Union members today approved their first contract with Grinnell College, and the first in the nation between a private college or university and an undergraduate labor union.
Bargaining Team

Tentative Agreement Reached

September 25, 2016
The Contract Bargaining Team today unanimously recommended the tentative collective bargaining agreement reached with Grinnell College.

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