colleges and universities
48,000 University of California Academic Workers Begin Historic Strike
On November 14, 48,000 academic workers across the University of California system began the largest higher education strike in history. Their fight could inspire higher education workers across the country.
Brian H. SilversteinNovember 15, 2022
How Universities Are Taught to Union-Bust: An Undercover Report
Two weeks ago, a reader of Left Voice who works in higher education attended a webinar hosted by the union-busting law firm Jackson-Lewis entitled “Baristas, Ballers, and TAs: Could Unions Be Coming to Campus This Fall?”. They have submitted this undercover report in order to share the tactics university administrators are being told to use in order to prevent unionization.
Left VoiceJuly 15, 2022
Temple Faculty Union: Mobilize Labor to Defend Abortion Rights
Faculty and academic professionals at Temple University in Philadelphia have issued a statement calling on the AFT and the AFL-CIO to mobilize the labor movement to defend abortion rights. All unions must heed this call.
Jason KoslowskiMay 9, 2022
Cancel Student Debt Now
The Biden administration has confirmed there will be no extension on the student loan moratorium, with repayments set to restart February 1, 2022. The working class should fight not just for extension of the moratorium, but what has always been needed: education as a right that is not commodified. We need a movement to demand the elimination of student debt altogether, along with free public college and university education for all who want it.
Mike PappasDecember 16, 2021
Voices from the Second Biggest Strike in the United States
3,000 Columbia University student workers are on strike. It’s the second biggest strike in the United States.
Left VoiceNovember 10, 2021
North Carolina Universities Ignored Covid-19’s Writing On the Wall. Now They Are Shutting Down.
One by one, North Carolina’s universities are shutting down in-person instruction as clusters of coronavirus bloom across the dorms and in off-campus housing. Yet the universities with later start dates are adamantly refusing to change their plans, and college students across the state are continuing to move into the dorms and prepare for the first week of classes.
Olivia WoodAugust 27, 2020
ICE Targets International Students
Under the new policy, some international students will be forced to leave the United States under threat of deportation, while others will be forced to return or else forfeit their visa status for the future. And it all boils down to whether or not their universities are online this fall.
Olivia WoodJuly 10, 2020
Elizabeth Warren Says She Wants to Make College Debt-Free, But Can She Deliver?
Free public higher education and a student loan debt jubilee are essential reforms, but campaign promises come cheap. To win such demands requires an independent and fighting working-class movement.
James Dennis HoffApril 26, 2019
CUNY Contract Struggle Could Fundamentally Transform the University
PSC-CUNY has called for a minimum salary of $7,000 per course for all faculty. Demands like this can lead to changes in the way universities are run, but the fight to win them lies in the hands of the union rank and file.
James Dennis HoffNovember 26, 2017