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Higher Ed Strike Fever: This Morning, Temple’s Grad Students Walked off the Job

TUGSA, organizing Temple University’s graduate students, walked out on strike this morning. Winning will take bottom-up organizing from Temple’s unions and undergraduates, shoulder to shoulder with TUGSA on the pickets.

Jason Koslowski

January 31, 2023

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. Silverstein

November 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 Voice

July 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 Koslowski

May 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 Pappas

December 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 Voice

November 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 Wood

August 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 Wood

July 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 Hoff

April 26, 2019