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Labor Seeks Fertile Ground on Ivy-Covered Campuses

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Science  15 Nov 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5597, pp. 1328-1329
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5597.1328

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CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS-- Graduate student unions aren't a new phenomenon at state universities, but their presence at elite private schools is raising the ante for scientists. Earlier this month, a network of labor economists put on a 2-day meeting here to explore scientific workforce issues, including the rise of graduate student unions and the status of postdocs, a traditionally downtrodden class of researchers who have begun to improve their status through cooperative rather than confrontational tactics (see sidebar).