University raises concerns over Congressional tax plan

The university administration came out in opposition last week to provisions in Congress’ Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that would impact Tufts and other institutions of higher education. The House of Representatives passed a version of the tax reform bill earlier this month, which included several provisions that would affect Tufts, and the Senate is expected to […]

Editorial: Part-time lecturers deserve better contract

We all know that a Tufts University diploma is an exorbitantly priced piece of paper. Somewhere along the line, we have decided to justify steep tuitions and forthcoming debt with the notion that it will all be worthwhile. We will graduate with a sterling education, coated with wisdom passed down from prudent professors. But if professors are so […]

Graduate students vote to unionize at School of Arts and Sciences

Tufts graduate students employed by the School of Arts & Sciences voted to unionize and join Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local #509, according to Elizabeth Gemperline, assistant to the regional director of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region 1, which includes Boston. Ballots for the mail-in election were counted by the NLRB this […]

Arts and Sciences graduate students to hold unionization vote

Graduate student employees of Tufts’ School of Arts and Sciences and School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) will begin the process of voting to unionize with Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 509 today. Votes will be sent via mail today, and eligible voters will have until May 16 to send their mail-in ballot to the National […]

Graduate students consider unionization following NLRB decision

A group of Tufts graduate students in the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts has been working toward forming a union for graduate students, following the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) ruling last August that graduate students at private universities, as paid teaching and research assistants, […]

Op-Ed: Invisible labor

I have been a graduate student in English at Tufts for four years now. In that time, my colleagues and I have worked as teaching assistants (TAs), tutors, graders and (most prominently) graduate instructors in ENG 0001-0004 courses. You may have seen us. Graduate students often take part-time jobs as well. This can include administrative work, […]