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Undergraduate student workers at Kenyon College are continuing a strike this week and putting more pressure on administrators to voluntarily recognize their union.

Undergraduate student workers at Kenyon College are continuing a strike this week and putting more pressure on administrators to voluntarily recognize their union. John Ortiz

Student workers participated in a strike and picketing last week for recognition of their union, the Kenyon Student Worker Organizing Committee.

Student workers at Kenyon College are escalating their yearlong battle to get the institution’s administrators to voluntarily recognize their union.

At least 160 student workers are participating in an ongoing strike this week, in an attempt to pressure college officials to recognize the union should the results of an election demonstrate majority support for a union representing all undergraduates employed by the college.

The Kenyon Student Worker Organizing Committee, or K-SWOC/UE, began rallying support last April among undergraduate workers at the private liberal arts college in Ohio. The students publicly announced the formation of the union last August. It is affiliated with United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America Local 712, which already represents maintenance workers on campus.

Sally Smith, a sophomore and K-SWOC/UE spokesperson, said the union has already proven it has widespread support on campus by collecting signature cards from 60 percent of the 468 student employees saying they want union representation.If recognized by Kenyon, […]

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