Biss05232017EVANSTON – State Senator Daniel Biss expressed frustration today after the governor vetoed a bill meant to protect the labor rights of all graduate assistants.

“I’m disappointed by the veto, but not at all surprised,” said Biss (D – Evanston). “Since he took office, Gov. Rauner has continually shown that he is not a friend to working class people, and this veto is nothing more than another entry on a long list of his attacks on labor rights.”

Under current law, the definition of educational employee excludes those classified as “students.” The legislation, Senate Bill 2546, removes graduate assistants who primarily perform duties in research or duties that a pre-professional from the “student” classification. This entitles them to receive full rights and remedies as other educational employees in the state, including the right to collectively bargain for better working conditions.

“Graduate assistants perform a very important duty, both to their university and to society, but they often have unfair working conditions since they’re not classified as employees,” Biss said. “They deserve to have the same rights as other educational employees, and I am proud to be the one fighting for those rights.”

Biss plans to file a motion to override the veto in the fall.

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