- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

STORRS, Conn. (AP) - Graduate teaching assistants at the University of Connecticut are protesting what they see as the slow pace of negotiations with the school over a contract for their newly formed union.

Several dozen of the graduate students, wearing union T-shirts, showed up Wednesday at UConn’s Board of Trustees meeting to voice their concerns.

UConn officially recognized the union in April after more than 50 percent of the GAs signed a petition seeking to unionize.

The students say the school has agreed to only a handful of short meetings with them to negotiate a contract.

Attorney George O’Brien Jr., who is handling the negotiations for the school, says there is nothing unusual about the pace of the meetings. The two sides have met five times and have nine other meetings scheduled.

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