Olivia is a writer and editor at Left Voice and lecturer in English at the City University of New York (CUNY).
New York Dedicates $75 Million to Police, Expanding Surveillance of University Protesters
Governor Hochul’s announcement of expanded police funding for surveillance is aligned with similar new initiatives from the Biden administration and university leaders.
Olivia WoodNovember 3, 2023
City College’s Fight against Political Repression in 1940s New York Holds Lessons for Today
As repression against pro-Palestine speech grows on college campuses, students and education workers can find inspiration in the City College community’s response to the arrests and firings of anti-fascist protesters in the 1940s.
Olivia WoodOctober 31, 2023
New York Students Will Walk Out for National Day of Action for Palestine
New Yorkers at four different universities are walking out on Wednesday In response to Students for Justice in Palestine’s call for a nationwide day of action.
Olivia WoodOctober 24, 2023
Amid Repression from the Administration and Police, the CUNY PSC Must Stand with Palestine
As bombs rain down on Gaza and the CUNY administration continues to condemn and demonize Pro-Palestinian protests, the faculty and staff union at CUNY cannot remain silent. We must say loudly and clearly that we stand with Palestine.
Olivia WoodOctober 20, 2023
The KOSA Bill Is Another Attack on LGBTQ+ People, People of Color, and Children’s Right To Learn
KOSA is ultimately a surveillance bill whose purpose is to limit the spread of progressive politics that pose a threat to the state.
Olivia WoodSeptember 14, 2023
North Carolina and Texas Bills Would Eliminate Long-Term Job Security in Higher Education
The bills would eliminate tenure, destroying the primary form of job security in higher education. The North Carolina bill also makes a series of other attacks against workers and students.
Olivia WoodApril 28, 2023
Equal Pay Today, the Whole World Tomorrow: Speech from the Rutgers Picket Line
Academic workers are strengthening their organizing muscles. The bonds formed during these contract campaigns can lay the groundwork for more largescale class struggle in the future.
Olivia WoodApril 14, 2023
CUNY Administration Cracks Down on Student and Worker-Run Food Pantry
Students and workers opened "The People's Pantry" seven weeks ago as part of a broader anti-austerity campaign at CUNY, leading to several direct confrontations with the administration.
Olivia WoodMarch 19, 2023
CUNY Union Chapter Unanimously Passes Resolution in Support of Trans Rights
The Graduate Center chapter of PSC-CUNY, the faculty, staff, and graduate worker union of the City University of New York, passed a resolution pledging support to all workers fighting the anti-trans bills nationwide.
Olivia WoodMarch 12, 2023
The Higher Ed Labor Movement Runs Full Speed Ahead into 2023
Just thirteen days into the new year, a new set of strikes are already brewing in the higher education labor movement.
Olivia WoodJanuary 13, 2023
Are You a Public School Teacher in a State That Bans Collective Bargaining? This Article Is for You.
In states where public sector collective bargaining is banned, the path to a union and a contract is harder, but not impossible. A worker from one of these states explains why.
Olivia WoodDecember 16, 2022
As Grade Deadlines Approach, Academic Workers Must Hold the Line and Expand Strikes
The end of the semester is a critical time for academic workers on strike. Part time faculty at The New School and student workers and postdocs at the University of California are fighting hard to hold the line against increasing attacks from their employers.
Olivia WoodDecember 8, 2022
A Strike Threat Won NYU Adjuncts a Massive Raise — We Must Prepare to Strike at CUNY
Adjunct faculty at NYU recently won major gains in their contract after threatening to strike. CUNY workers should follow in their footsteps.
Olivia WoodNovember 5, 2022
Graduate Unions Lead the Way in National Reproductive Rights Walkouts
Students from schools across the United States are leading a Day of Action today to fight for the rights to safe, legal, and accessible abortion, gender affirming care, comprehensive sex education, and free contraception. They show the power of a labor movement that fights for workplace demands hand in hand with the defense against oppression.
Olivia WoodOctober 6, 2022
SEIU Colludes with Columbia to Push Through Contract for Staff
The proposed contract would provide raises of only three percent per year, an effective pay cut. Workers are waging a “Vote No” campaign.
Olivia WoodSeptember 1, 2022
Graduate Students Across the U.S. Are Organizing for Abortion Rights
Students around the country are planning walkouts and other actions to defend abortion rights on October 6.
Olivia WoodAugust 22, 2022
GOP Introduces Federal Bill Attacking Trans Children
House Republicans have introduced a federal anti-trans bill specifically attacking children and school employees. It’s a sign of things to come from the GOP’s increasingly reactionary agenda.
Olivia WoodJuly 15, 2022
To Fight Far Right Attacks We Must Reclaim the Radical Legacy of Pride
This Pride Month, many are worried about the escalating attacks on queer people, and especially trans people, coming from the far right. Instead of staying home, we need to take Pride back to its roots as a protest against oppression, not a party.
Olivia WoodJune 13, 2022
Democratic Governor Betrays Trans Youth in Louisiana
The Louisiana State Legislature has banned trans girls and women from participating in school sports teams. Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards refused to take action.
Olivia WoodJune 8, 2022
As We Await the SCOTUS Decision on Abortion, Labor Notes Should Prepare to Pivot
Roe v. Wade will likely be officially overturned before this year’s Labor Notes conference, to be held later this month. To protect abortion rights, the U.S. labor movement should use the opportunity of our conference to take to the streets en masse.
Olivia WoodJune 8, 2022
The Supreme Court Is Poised to Overturn Roe v. Wade — Now Is the Time to Mobilize
In a leaked draft of its upcoming decision, the Supreme Court appears to be prepared to overturn Roe v. Wade. It is absolutely essential that we mobilize now — in the streets, in workplaces, and in our unions — to protect the right to abortion.
Olivia WoodMay 2, 2022
CUNY Students and Workers Protest Administration Visit to Israel
This week, CUNY’s Chancellor Félix Matos Rodríguez and several college Presidents are visiting Israel to “build bridges” with Israeli universities. We must mobilize for the liberation of Palestine, and against these efforts at whitewashing Israeli oppression.
Olivia WoodMay 1, 2022
Mayor Adams Courts Wealthy New Yorkers and Brutalizes the Unhoused
New York City Mayor Eric Adams is evicting unhoused people from their living spaces and cracking down on sheltering in subways. It’s part of his administration’s "law and order" politics and efforts to court the wealthy.
Olivia WoodApril 1, 2022