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Historic Strike at The University of California Could Reshape the Terrain of Labor Struggles in Higher Education

Forty-eight thousand workers are on strike at the University of California — the largest higher-education strike in U.S. history. These young workers are demanding raises that allow them to afford rent and childcare in some of the most expensive locations in the country. A successful strike of this magnitude could fundamentally change the terrain of labor struggle in higher education, which has systematically exploited its most vulnerable workers.

Carolina Flores

November 18, 2022

Temple Grad Students Vote to Strike, and Temple’s Bosses Are Afraid

Temple University’s exploited graduate students have authorized a strike — so the bosses have ramped up their union busting. A Temple union teacher reflects on the struggle ahead.

Jason Koslowski

November 13, 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 Wood

November 5, 2022

Undergraduate Worker Power: Barnard Resident Assistants File for Union Election

RAs at Barnard are joining a wave of undergraduate workers organizing across the country. They’re demanding better compensation, a manageable work schedule, and better communication from the administration.

Sam Heyne

October 23, 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 Wood

September 1, 2022

Fordham University Hates Adjuncts

Fordham University remains committed to paying adjunct faculty far less than a living wage, depriving them of health benefits, and discriminating against faculty in the Graduate School of Social Services.

Olivia Wood

August 8, 2022

Fordham Graduate Student Workers Unionize

Graduate students at Fordham University are paid more than $15,000 below what’s needed to pay for basic living expenses in New York City. Last week, they announced they are forming a union local of the Communication Workers of America (CWA). An anonymous adjunct instructor at Fordham writes about the importance of solidarity.

Left Voice

March 8, 2022

Another Broken Promise: Biden Scraps Free Community College Proposal

Jill Biden confirmed today that two years of tuition-free community college won’t be part of any Build Back Better legislation. This shows, yet again, that Democrats don’t care about the working class.

Left Voice

February 7, 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