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September 04, 2006

Happy Labor Day

Today I celebrated Labor Day by joining a labor union. I have always wanted to be a member of the AFL-CIO, and now I am. Yes, I know I'm a geek (actually, I really wanted to join the IWW, but the AFL-CIO seemed more realistic). Today was my first day as a Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) at the University of Michigan. Our union contract specifies that they can't call us TAs. We are represented by the Graduate Employees Organization (GEO), which is part of the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO Local 3550. I signed my union card and was given a copy of our newsletter, "The Graduate Student Worker," so I guess I'm a real worker now. Tomorrow I get to pick up my buttons, stickers, and t-shirt at the GEO open house (there is also supposed to be free pizza and beer). I can't help wondering, however, why our union contract doesn't prevent us from having to work on Labor Day. After all, as laborers, isn't this supposed to be our holiday?

Posted by eklanche at September 4, 2006 07:16 PM

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