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Sitting in

Members of Local 33, a union of teaching assistants in the Graduate School, sat down in the middle of the intersection of College and Grove Streets yesterday morning in a protest action. Other union members blocked the intersections of College and Chapel and Elm and York. The protests snarled traffic downtown as students moved out of residence halls. Twenty-three protesters were charged with misdemeanors by police. TAs in eight academic departments approved a union in February. The protests are part of a Local 33 campaign to bring Yale to the negotiating table; the university says negotiations are premature, as it is still appealing an NLRB decision that permitted the union’s “microunit” organizing approach.

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