BC Undergrad/Alumni Petition to Drop The Appeal
Dear President Leahy,

A majority of research and teaching assistants voted yes to the union, Boston College Graduate Employee’s Union – UAW, in a fair and democratic process certified by the National Labor Relations Board. We now urge you as Boston College students and alumni to respect their choice and work with the grad workers and their union in good faith.

They join thousands of RAs and TAs who have voted for unionization since 2013, when NYU agreed to respect a democratic vote on unionization by its graduate employees. A total of six private university administrations have now agreed to bargain with democratically-chosen unions of RAs and TAs.

We are deeply disappointed that your administration has asked Trump NLRB appointees to reverse the very rights of graduate student workers to unionize. In doing so, you stand with the Trump Administration. Additionally, refusing to work with the union disrespects the history of Catholic social teachings advocating for workers and the right to bargain collectively. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops reaffirmed this in 2007, writing, “Catholic social teaching supports the right of workers to choose whether to organize, join a union, and bargain collectively, and to exercise these rights without reprisal … Workers, owners, employers, and unions should work together to create decent jobs, build a more just economy, and advance the common good.”

We urge you and the Boston College administration to honor Catholic social justice traditions, drop your appeal at the NLRB and commence good-faith negotiations for a fair contract.

Signed by:

Josh Behrens MCAS 2018
Andrew Vaccaro MCAS 2020
Matthew Barad MCAS 2020
Sean Farley 2020
Kai Jorgensen MCAS 2021
Helen Haskin MCAS 2021
Jack Demasi MCAS 2021
Penny Hawthorne MCAS 2020
Will Supple MCAS 2020
Michael Quinn MCAS 2019
Julia Perry MCAS 2019
Fatoumata Sall MCAS 2021
Ann Mahoney MCAS 2019
Madison Boettner MCAS 2019
Ethan Starr MCAS 2021
Connor Kratz MCAS 2018
Kelly Nguyen MCAS 2021
Sara Valdez MCAS 2018
Kayla Lawlor MCAS 2020
Dan McCarthy MCAS 2020
Solina Jean-Louis MCAS 2018
Madison Hynes MCAS 2018
Megan Kay MCAS 2018
Ashely Puk MCAS 2018
Jennifer Zheng MCAS 2021
Victor Fisher MCAS 2020
Eliza Manriquez MCAS 2020
Grace Chung MCAS 2018
Paola Sanchez MCAS 2021
Harrison Tune MCAS 2018
Josep Kim MCAS 2019
Lizzy Barrett MCAS 2019
Katie Oh LSOE 2019
Joely Centracchio MCAS 2020
Krista Roze MCAS 2020
Kelsey Dullea MCAS 2018
Julia Barrett MCAS 2019
Maura Donnelly LSOE 2020
Alyssa Farnkoff MCAS 2020
Sabel Flynn CSON 2019
Elizabeth Madden MCAS 2018
Prianka Bedi MCAS 2018
Conor McCadden MCAS 2018
Kayla Dowling LSOE 2018
Renee Nichols MCAS 2021
Elizabeth Spitzenberger MCAS 2021
Aaron Salzman MCAS 2020

Alumni:
Elliot Smith MCAS 2014
Samantha Martin MCAS 2017
Matthew Bland MCAS 2007
Amber Ruther CSOM 2017
Andrew Donnelly MCAS 2010
Andrew Engber MCAS 2015
Stephanie Saltzman MCAS 2010
Jason Hazzard LSOE 2010
Nicholas Bain CSOM 2017
Michael Kolhede MCAS 2012
Tyler Wilkinson MCAS 2015
Alex Nicoll MCAS 2015
Lucas Shin MCAS 2012
Colleen O'Connor MCAS 2010
Bennett Applegate MCAS 2010
Jenna Zellmer MCAS 2010
Meghan Gavin MCAS 2010
John McLaren MCAS 2010
Andrew Kunzweiler MCAS 2010
Stephan Roundtree MCAS 2010
Jennifer Applegate CSOM 2010
Stephany Kunzweiler MCAS 2010
Matthew Hearns MCAS 2010
Catherine Curley MCAS 2010
Joe Monahan MCAS 2010
Clare Short LSOE 2010

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