Gov. Brown vetoes bill granting collective bargaining rights to student researchers

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a state senate bill Sunday that would grant collective bargaining rights to graduate student research assistants at the state’s public universities.

California State Senate Bill 259 would have extended a 1979 act that gave university employees the right to collectively bargain to apply to graduate student researchers. It would have affected over 14,000 graduate student researchers at the University of California.

“Collaboration between faculty and research assistants is an integral part of their training and education,” Brown said in a message vetoing the bill. “It is rare that this relationship is subject to collective bargaining at other universities and I am reluctant to upset the balance established under current law.”

The UC was officially opposed to the bill but the UC Student-Workers Union, United Auto Workers Local 2865, supported it.

Sarah Burns is the university news editor. Contact her at [email protected]

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  • bob

    The balance is tipped in favor of faculty who are sometimes mean and clever, scary combination