Through Direct Action, WashU Grad Workers Win Dental Insurance

After months of rallies, building strength in numbers and speaking out, grad workers in Arts & Sciences and the Brown Social Work School at Washington University won their top priority: dental insurance. Provost Holden Thorp credited the direct actions of WashU Grad Workers Union (WUGWU) for the university’s decision to subsidize dental insurance and decrease out-of-pocket maximums for health insurance starting the next academic year.

“With this strategy, in just a matter of months we, along with other graduate organizations, have achieved one of our major priorities,” the WUGWU organizing committee said in a statement. “Imagine what we can do over the next year.”