Higher Education

Graduate Workers of Columbia Reject Tentative Agreement in Historic Vote

The Graduate Workers of Columbia are the first graduate student union ever to reject a tentative agreement with their university. Student workers at other universities should take lessons from the successes of the strong fighting stance they have taken against the wishes of the union bureaucracy.

University of Michigan Busts Graduate Worker Strike

On September 7, the University of Michigan’s Graduate Student Employment Organization (GEO) authorized a strike against unsafe working conditions due to Covid-19. The university immediately mobilized to end the strike, including filing a restraining order against the union and paying tenured teachers to take over graduate students’ classes. A participant in the strike shares their perspective.

Professor Dies of Coronavirus During Zoom Lecture

Paola Di Simone, an Argentinian professor, reported on August 28 that she had tested positive for the coronavirus and had been showing symptoms for four weeks. This week, she collapsed in the middle of a live virtual lecture. Her employer, the Universidad Argentina de la Empresa (UADE), has not yet explained why Paola was working while ill. 

PSC-CUNY President Finally Says the S Word

Will CUNY workers finally go on strike? With public school teachers in New York City threatening a strike of their own, PSC leadership implied last week that a possible strike is on the table. With 3,000 part time workers laid off this summer and more cuts expected, and racial capitalism ravaging the CUNY community under the pandemic, a strike is long overdue.