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Union democracy? Not so much

Originally published at The Mercury

Another rowdy student group recently took over an Ivy League school, driven by outside agitators who neither attend nor care about the university’s success. But these students weren’t advocating for a ceasefire or divestment. Instead, they demanded a union.

Despite lacking majority support, these students successfully unionized — and their actions were entirely legal.

Led by Shawn Fain and the United Auto Workers (UAW), about 4,000 graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania finally unionized after a 20-year campaign, forming the Graduate Employees Together – University of Pennsylvania (GET-UP) as a UAW affiliate. The AFL-CIO Philadelphia Council announced GET-UP may be Philadelphia’s largest private sector union.

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