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Hi: some of you were kind enough to support the NYU Graduate Student 
Union (GSOC) in their strike. I have been asked to forward this 
message to you in support of their new organizing effort that stands 
some chance of success if things go the way they should in November:

This email is on behalf of GSOC, the NYU graduate student 
union.  We're writing to ask that you sign and 
circulate the "Petition in Support of the Teaching and Research 
Assistants Collective Bargaining Rights Act," available 
at <http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/TA_rights/>http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/TA_rights/. 



The petition urges members of Congress to co-sponsor and support the 
Teaching and Research Assistants Collective Bargaining Rights Act, 
which secures the right to form unions for TA's and RA's at private 
sector universities and colleges like NYU. 



Because the Act is federal legislation, ANYONE can sign the petition, 
so please circulate widely.  You do not have to be registered to vote 
or a citizen of the US to sign - if you live in the US then you have 
an interest in what Congress decides is law.  

The Teaching and Research Assistants Collective Bargaining Rights Act 
currently enjoys the support of many powerful legislators, including 
Senator Ted Kennedy, Democratic Presidential nominee BarackObama, and 
Senator Hillary Clinton. 



International opinion is also on our side.  This summer, 
the International Labor Organization, an agency of the United 
Nations, reaffirmed TA's and RA's internationally recognized right to 
form unions. 
(<http://www.ilo.org/ilolex/cgi-lex/pdconv.pl?host=status01&textbase=iloeng&document=4817&chapter=3&query=%28%28United+States%29%29+@ref&highlight=&querytype=bool&context=0>Click 
here for more information.) 



To get this legislation passed, we need to do all we can to show 
Congress that people care about this issue and actively urge our 
Senators and Representatives to co-sponsor and support the Teaching 
and Research Assistants Collective Bargaining Rights Act.



To help make sure that the Teaching and Research Assistants 
Collective Bargaining Rights Act passes in Congress and becomes 
federal law, please:

Sign and Circulate the Online Petition!  Go 
to: <http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/TA_rights/>http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/TA_rights/.  

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